MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - A Filipino hacker on early Saturday morning posted online the alleged personal mobile phone numbers of President Benigno Aquino.
The hacker, who calls himself "#pR.is0n3r", listed 3 mobile phone numbers allegedly belonging to the President.
The hacker, who became known for attacking and defacing Chinese websites at the height of the row between Manila and Beijing over Scarborough Shoal, did not reveal how he got hold of the telephone numbers.
It is also not yet confirmed if the three mobile phone numbers indeed belong to Aquino.
"Marami po kaming natatanggap na mensahe na gusto nilang iparating sa ating pangulo ang mga hinaing ng mga tao," the hacker said in a social media post. "Napakarami na rin pong issue na hindi narinig ng karamihan ang mga kasagutan."
"Napaka hirap makipag usap sa isang tao na napakaraming dadaanan pa. Napaka hirap sumulat sa isang tao na hindi namin sigurado kung natatanggap nya," he added.
The hacker, who is affiliated with the "Anonymous Philippines", said he knows that what he did is wrong.
However, he said revealing the phone numbers online is the only way for Filipinos to get in touch with the President directly.
"Alam ko may mali sa ganitong hakbang at alam naming lahat hindi kaya ng nag iisang pangulo na gumawa ng solusyon sa napakalaking problema sa pilipinas. Pero kahit isang pag kakataon lang o isang gabi o araw lang, Gusto naming dumirekta at sabihin ang gustong mangyari o saloobin kung meron man ng bawat isang Pilipino. At patuloy namin gagawin to para magsilbing boses gamit ang technology," he said.
The hacker said he has sent messages to the phone numbers he listed online.
"Napadala ko na ang ibang mensahe. Nasa inyo na kung meron kayong gustong sabihin pa. Magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat," he said.
The hacker also talked to people who replied on his post.
"Tandaan natin lahat na anytime bago matapos ang linggo, baka mag palit na po yan ng number. Sayang ang pag kakataon kung hindi natin gagamitin sa tama," he said.
He added that the phone numbers he listed were still working around 7 p.m. Friday.
However, one person who tried calling the numbers said they didn't work.
"'Phone number not valid, number not in use, error in connection,'" the person said. "Hindi matawagan si PNoy. Nag-deactivate ata ng simcard."
"Baka napa-check na nya sa service provider. Nag-patay muna iyan. 'Di naman kaya ng isang gabi ang magpalit ng line number. Ewan natin. President siya, nothing is impossible sabi nga nila. Try try nyo lang. Pag open nya, basa na nya message o baka mag-ring maya maya ulit. Huwag nyo po kasi asarin," said the hacker, "#pR.is0n3r".
He added that he sent 30 messages to each of the phone numbers before he posted them online. "At least, kahit papano, nagawa nating ordinaryong tao na nagpadala ng mensahe sa pinaka-mataas na tao sa Pilipinas."
"Ilalaban ko po ng pitpitan ng itlog kung hindi po yan ang mobile # ng presidente," he added.
The hacker later admitted defeat. "Sayang lang at nag papatay po pala sya ng cp nya. Atleast naka direkta tayo kahit papano. Mensahe lang po hinahabol natin, at wala na pong iba. Kahit minsan lang."
Meanwhile, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ricky Carandang would not confirm if the numbers were really the President's, or if their release on the worldwide web had compromised the leader's personal security or state secrets.
"It's cyber vandalism plain and simple," Carandang told AFP. "We're dealing with it. That's all I can say for now." -- With a report from Agence France-Presse