Palace to hackers: No illegal acts needed to show discontent

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Monday, November 4, 2013

MANILA (Updated, 2:26 p.m.) -- There is no need to resort to illegal acts to express discontent in the way government handles current issues, said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

Coloma issued the message to Anonymous Philippines, a group of hackers that defaced 38 government websites over the weekend.

"There are sufficient avenues for free expression so there's no need to resort to illegal acts," Coloma said in a media briefing.

Aside from the website of the Office of the Ombudsman, at least 37 other government websites were hacked.

The group, which posted on Facebook the list of websites it defaced, came up with a message that reads:

"The government, in many ways, has failed its Filipino citizens. We have been deprived of things which they have promised to give; what our late heroes have promised us to give. Let us remind the government that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words. They are perspectives," the group said.

"A march is happening, a revolution. A way to speak, a way to be heard. On the fifth day of November 2013, we will try to be a party of history," it added. [ Read the story here.]

Coloma said proper actions will be taken against the hackers. (PNA/Sunnex)

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