BPI programmer 'owned up' to glitch, reassigned: official


Posted at Jun 21 2017 04:07 PM

MANILA - Bank of the Philippine Islands on Wednesday said one of its programmers had taken responsibility for the system glitch that caused double-posting in some of its clients' accounts earlier this month.

“The investigations had been pointed that she, this particular person, is to blame. This particular person has also owned up to committing the mistake,” said BPI Executive Vice President Ramon Jocson in a Senate hearing.

Though he did not identify the programmer, Jocson said she topped her programming class and was one of 12 people trained in the bank’s system. The female specialist, he added, was one of two people given access to the system.

Jocson said the programmer "has been reassigned to another area and all access rights to our system have been taken out" pending investigation.

The glitch that hit BPI on June 6 paralyzed its electronic channels for two days, suspending transactions via automated teller machines, cash acceptance machines, and point of sale systems.