(UPDATED) A suspiciously verified page claiming to be that of the country's National Museum of Natural History early Friday shared sexually explicit videos on Facebook.
The post was shared at 12:10 a.m. Friday, and it took more than half a day for them to be removed. It spawned "hacked" jokes at the expense of the museum and, eventually, a response from those who run the official page of the National Museum of the Philippines.
The statement read: "We would like to inform the public that our ONLY OFFICIAL Facebook Account is the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES."
"There are no other official accounts bearing the name of the National Museum, making that FB account illegitimate and its contents regarding NMNH merely shared and not 'hacked.'
"We regret the offense that these sexually explicit videos may have caused the public, which is the work of malicious and ill-intentioned persons. FOR YOUR INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE."
The page where the statement is posted is unverified by Facebook, but ABS-CBN News was able to confirm that it is an official page.
ABS-CBN News has also reached out to Facebook on how the fake page got its verified status.
The National Museum of Natural History, which houses a replica of Lolong, the world's largest crocodile in captivity, opened to the public in May last year.