Filipinos disgruntled with President Benigno Aquino 3rd need not hack government websites to express their anger, a Malacañang official said on Saturday.
Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said democracy allows the people to freely show their frustration on continuing corruption or on how the government handles vial issues but hacking a website is not the way to do it.
She issued the statement following the hacking of the website of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).
“Whatever the message is, we cannot condone the hacking of any website. The freedom of speech and a citizen’s right to redress his grievances. A citizen can express himself but within the limits set by the Constitution,” Valte said.
“So kailangan po ‘yung mga ganitong karapatan na-e-exercise natin with responsibility at hindi po doon sa ganitong pamamaraan. Marami naman pong ibang pamamaraan para maabot ang mga taong nasa pamahalaan kaya nga po tayo may mga feedback mechanism na (So this freedom should be exercised with responsibly. There are other ways to reach government officials, that’s why we have a feedback mechanism),” she added.
The Palace official pointed out that many government agencies and officials are accessible via social media.
“Kung sila lang po ang gusto talagang magtanong ay madali naman po kaming makausap at mahanap, considering marami po sa amin nasa social media na rin. So hindi po naman tayo mahirap maabot at handa naman po kaming sumagot sa mga ganitong tanong. Huwag lang po nating idaan sa mga ganitong pamamaraan (It’s easy to reach us and talk to us. We are on social media. We are not that hard to reach and we are ready to answer he people’s queries),” Valte said.
On Independence Day on Friday, hackers defaced the NHCP website with a message to the president.
Those behind the hacking asked Aquino if he has done enough for the country and what happened to his pledge to end corruption.
Also, they asked if justice has been served to 44 Special Action Force members slain in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January 25.