AFP ready to assist PCG after latest hacking incident


MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday said it is willing to assist the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in securing its systems following the latest breach on its Facebook page.

AFP spokesperson and cybersecurity expert Francel Margareth Padilla made the assurance on Wednesday after the PCG initially reported to have a hardware check with IT experts from the AFP after the hacking incident on March 29. 

However, while the PCG later said that they would instead check with IT experts from the Coast Guard Weapons, Communications, Electronics, and Information System Command, the AFP’s offer still stands.

“The AFP is committed to extending support to all agencies and law enforcement organizations,” Padilla told in a text message.

“Whether the matter directly relates to national security or not, our mission as protectors of the people and guardians of the state extends into all domains, including the cyber realm,” she added. “Therefore, we stand ready to provide assistance whenever called upon, reinforcing our dedication to safeguarding the nation and its citizens.”

The latest hacking was the fourth cyberattack against the PCG this year.

The third incident was monitored on February 26, while the first and second instances occurred on February 3 and 15.

In February, the Department of Information and Communications Technology said the website of PCG  and other government websites, were targeted by cyberattacks made from an internet protocol address traced to a location in China.

On Feb. 5, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said that Beijing firmly opposes all forms of cyber attack in accordance with their law.

Also, the embassy slammed Philippine government officials and the media for what they call “highly irresponsible” and “malicious” remarks on the hacking incident.