President Benigno S. Aquino III's official website was hacked Thursday by Anonymous Philippines in protest of the Aquino administration's alleged "mishandling" of the Sabah issue.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the hacking of the website www.president.gov.ph was detected at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
"We detected a breach when an errant sentence critical of the government on the Sabah issue was found to have been inserted in one of the news items within the website," Coloma said.
"No further intrusions were made as the internal security protocols were activated," he added.
"We expect to resume public display of the President's website in a few hours after needed protection measures have been put in place," Coloma said.
The said website was back to normal before noon Thursday.
It was recalled that the Anonymous Philippines had earlier claimed to have hacked some government websites following the passage of Republic Act (RA) 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
In its message to President Aquino upon hacking the President's official website yesterday, the Anonymous Philippines stated: "We are silent witnesses as to how you are mishandling the Sabah issue. We did not engage the Malaysian hackers who invaded our cyberspace since we expected you to appropriately and judiciously act on the same, but you failed us."
"You did nothing while our fellow brothers are being butchered by the Malaysian forces, and while our women and children become subject of human rights abuses," it said.
"If you can't act on the issue as the Philippine President, at least do something as a fellow Filipino. We are watching," it added.
The Palace had earlier urged the Malaysian authorities to treat detainees humanely following reports that some detainees were allegedly being maltreated by Malaysian authorities.
Hundreds of Filipinos have already returned to the country from Sabah as the Philippine government promised livelihood programs for returning citizens.
As this developed, the municipal government of Turtle Island in Tawi-Tawi is facing shortage of rice and other foodstuffs to feed refugees and evacuees arriving here from the oil rich Federal State of Sabah in Malaysia where conflict between the gunmen of the Sultanate of Sulu and the Sabah government is in progress. …