Screen grab of the website of Optical Media Board.
MANILA – A group of hackers claimed to have defaced several government websites on Monday, the day of the "Million People March" protest against pork barrel funds.
The group Anonymous Philippines announced on its Facebook page early Monday morning that it has defaced the following government websites:
The hacker group echoed several civil society groups' sentiments regarding President Beningo Aquino III's announcement on Friday regarding the abolition of pork barrel funds, formally known as Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), in favor of a new and stricter system.
"Everyone should see. We appreciate the fact that you have now responded to the public clamor to abolish the PDAF. However, the alternative package of still allowing the Congressmen and Senators to identify sponsored projects to be funded, albeit as line items in the annual budget, continues to leave MONEY with grasp of conniving and corrupt public officials," the group said.
"In effect, this merely shifted the time-frame upon when these projects are identified and approved. Therefore, the PORK BARREL REMAINS! We Pursue our call for you to completely abolish the Pork barrel system! We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not Forgive. We do not Forget. The corrupt fear us. The honest support us. The heroic join us. Government of the Philippines, It's too late to expect us!"
The same message is seen on the defaced websites. As of posting, the websites were still defaced.
The defacement occurs on the day where thousands, even millions, are expected to converge at the Rizal Park in Manila to call for the abolition of the pork barrel funds, which many believe to be a driver of corruption in government.