DOJ seeks US help on Comelec data leak

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) is coordinating with various government agencies and even with the United States government in its investigation of the theft and leakage of voters' registration records from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website. 

Acting Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas said the investigation is intended not only to zero in on all of the perpetrators of the crime, how it was committed, and what are the possible consequences, but also to make sure that the public is protected from offenses such as this.

Caparas refused to give details about the extent of the investigation, but assured the public that it is being addressed. 

Hackers hacked into the Comelec website and "stole" voters' personal records and posted these in a separate website. One of the hackers, Paul Biteng, was arrested and charged for violations of the Cybercrime Prevention Act. 

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Caparas, meantime, said that the incident will not compromise the May 9 elections and that the Comelec has stepped up security measures to ensure the integrity of the polls. 

He, however, stressed that the Comelec is the proper agency to give details on the matter.

The justice chief also asked for understanding from the public, citing several limitations involving investigations into cybercrimes considering its "borderless" nature and considering that the Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act is a new law.

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