LOOK: Hacked PIA website releases false news

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 29 2016 11:02 AM

MANILA - Hackers on Monday defaced the website of the Public Information Agency (PIA), releasing bogus news stories about presidential bet Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

The state-run website featured an article deceptively claiming that Roxas has abandoned his presidential bid to focus on his wife Korina Sanchez.

The article only contained a collage of photos of Roxas. Some photos showed him lying on a block of ice, holding a fire hose, exercising, carrying a sack of rice, and falling from a motorcycle.

The photos were labeled "Boy Yelo," "Boy Bumbero," "Boy Zumba," "Boy Kargador" and "Boy Semplang".

The article on Binay, meanwhile, falsely stated that he has admitted owning a controversial 350-hectare piece of land in Batangas.

Another article that appeared on the PIA website erroneously reported that Napoles was found dead at the Manila Hotel.

The article said her lifeless body was discovered surrounded with luxurious wristwatches.

No group has claimed responsibility for the sham so far.

The PIA has yet to release a statement on the incident. -- Report from Dennis Datu, DZMM