Anonymous deface govt sites day after student's suicide

Hacktivists on Saturday evening defaced at least two government sites with a criticism of the "lack of education" and "lack of opportunity" in the Aquino administration – a day after a University of the Philippines student took her own life supposedly for lack of money to pay tuition.

The sites defaced by Anonymous Philippines were those of the National Telecommunications Commission (www.ntc.gov.ph) and the Antipolo City government (www.antipolo.gov.ph).

"Greetings, President Aquino! You told us that Filipino people are your 'Boss' and you will bring us on the right way, but what happened now?? Lack of Education, Lack of Opportunity, Lack of Cyber Security and also you failed to eliminate all corrupt officials," the message of the defaced sites says.

On Friday, a UP Manila student reportedly took her own life for not having enough to pay for her tuition.

Anonymous Philippines also accused the Aquino administration of siding with the Malaysian government on the row between followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and security forces in Sabah.

"We do not know how you are able to relax while our Filipino brothers sacrifice their life to defend Sabah. It seems you are a Pro-Malaysian," it said.

The group also said the Philippines must be aware of national security in cyberSpace "because in the past few years no security was done in many gov.ph sites."

UP president  vows to address issues behind tragedy

Meanwhile, UP president Alfredo Pascual vowed to address the issues that led to the tragedy, adding he was "deeply saddened" by the student's "untimely and tragic death."

"In the coming days, my administration will take the necessary steps to address the policy and administrative issues that are related to this unfortunate tragedy," he said.

He said it was "unfortunate" the incident happened a day after he instructed the chancellors of all UP units at a council meeting last Thursday "that we should not deny access to qualified students who can not enroll because of financial constraints."

Pascual also said he had pushed for reforms to simplify the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP) application process.

An increased financial aid for poor students had already been planned for action by Board of Regents in April, he added.

"But it takes time to implement change. We can easily be overtaken, as we have been, by a sudden turn of events. But I am confident we can turn the tragedy into a greater resolve to act and make UP accessible to the poor," he said.

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