Manila, 3 November
Hackers have posted a message on several Philippine government websites urging people to join a mass protest against corruption, an official said today.
Websites of at least five government agencies, including the anti-graft office of the government Ombudsman, have been hacked by a group calling itself “Anonymous Philippines”, said Roy Espiritu of the science department&’s IT section.
The message called on the public to join a protest at the gates of the Philippine legislature on Tuesday ~ the latest Internet appeal for such demonstrations as anger grows over official corruption.
The hackers condemned “this false democracy
(and) this government and the politicians who
only think about themselves”.
The message did not name any politician but it warned: “To the corrupt ~ fear us”.
In August an appeal for an anti-graft street protest, aired on social media like Twitter and Facebook, drew tens of thousands of protesters to a central park in Manila.
Several smaller protests, also publicised via Internet, have since been held.
Anger has grown since
a newspaper in August reported that a businesswoman connived with
Opposition legislators to syphon off some 10 billion pesos (US$ 230 million) from a special fund allocated to the pet projects of lawmakers.
The businesswoman has been jailed as graft charges are readied against her while the Justice Department has asked for the cancellation of the passports of three opposition senators and their alleged conspirators.
President Benigno Aquino, elected in 2010 on an anti-corruption platform, has also become ensnared in the controversy as Opposition and government critics have charged that he was also misusing special funds.