NBI arrests second suspect in COMELEC website hacking incident

admin   •   April 29, 2016   •   4036

COMELEC website hacker Jonel de Asis, who was arrested Thursday night, is now under the custody of National Bureau of Investigation. (UNTV News)

COMELEC website hacker Jonel de Asis, who was arrested Thursday night, is now under the custody of National Bureau of Investigation.
(UNTV News)

PASAY CITY, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested the second hacker suspected of intruding into the Commision on Elections’ (COMELEC) website which resulted in the leakage of sensitive information belonging to registered voters.

The second hacker suspected of sabotaging COMELEC website last month is now under NBI’s custody.

NBI identified the suspect as Jonel de Asis, 23, an Information Technology (I.T.) graduate from Technological University of the Philippines (TUP).

He was arrested in his house in Muntinlupa City last night based on a search warrant implemented by the NBI.

A laptop containing 340 gigabytes of data stolen from the COMELEC website was recovered from his possession.

NBI says, de Asis admitted to being “Lulzec” and having uploaded the stolen data to internet.

“Our forensic examination is ongoing but we have seen links to the information taken from the COMELEC,” states Deputy Chief Vic Lorenzo of NBI Cybercrime Division.

Another suspect, I.T. graduate Paul Biteng, was arrested by the NBI last week.

The two are considered the principal suspects in the hacking incident.

“We want to thank NBI for the arrest of the second hacker and this hacker is the one who leaked the COMELEC data,” COMELEC Chairman Atty. Andres Bautista expresses.

The suspects said they only wanted to show that the COMELEC website is vulnerable but the NBI is looking into the possibility that they sold the stolen data.

The National Privacy Commission is now also investigating the incident to determine the extent of the data leak and to guide Filipinos from falling victims to identity theft.

“We treat this very seriously because it involves personal information of many Filipinos. In all indications, this is a large-scale incident and we are taking this very seriously with COMELEC,” says Sec. Raymond Liboro, Chairman of National Privacy Commission.

NBI warned that those who will use the stolen data from COMELEC will be prosecuted.

“Certainly, we will be able to identify you sooner or later. So, avoid being the subject of the follow up operations of NBI,” warns NBI Director Atty. Virgilio Mendez.

De Asis will be charged for violations of Anti-Cybercrime Law while authorities are still running after the third suspect.

(RODERIC MENDOZA/UNTV News)

DFA calls on deactivated overseas voters to re-register for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   December 5, 2019

 (FILE) Filipino household workers who were repatriated from Kuwait show their documents as they arrive at Manila’s international airport, Philippines, 21 February 2018. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday called on overseas Filipino workers (OFW)to re-register in order to vote in the 2022 Presidential elections.

The DFA made the call following information from its overseas voting secretariat that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it deactivated a total of 578,185 overseas voters for failing to participate in the last national and local elections in 2016 and 2019.

The DFA said deactivated overseas voters may re-register when registration opens from December 16, 2019 to September 30, 2021 at the following areas:

  • Any Philippine Embassy, Consulate General, Mission, or Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO)

The DFA said that all Filipino citizens who expect to be abroad from April 9 to May 9, 2022 during the overseas voting period for the 2022 Presidential Elections, and are at least 18 years old on May 9, 2022 and not otherwise disqualified by law, may register as an overseas voter at the said locations.

OFWs, as well as immigrants, seafarers and students who are about to leave for abroad and are not yet registered as overseas voters may also register on the said dates.

House OK on Barangay, SK polls deferment ‘no surprise,’ says Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it is not surprised by the move of the House of Representatives to approve the bill seeking to defer the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to December 5, 2022.

“This does not come as a surprise,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a message to reporters. “The COMELEC had, in fact, slowed down preparations for the Barangay Elections of 2020 in anticipation of this legislation.”

Jimenez said that with the impending approval of Congress on the measure, the poll body is now looking to focus on preparing for the next national and local elections.

“With the approval of the House and the looming decision of the Senate on the same matter, the COMELEC is looking forward to focusing on the process of re-starting the continuing registration and, in the longer term, preparing for the 2022 National and Local Elections,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the Lower House gave its nod to a proposal seeking to reschedule the local polls to allow more time for incumbent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials to implement and complete their respective projects.

After the 2022 elections, subsequent barangay and SK elections will be held on the first Monday of December 2025 and every three years thereafter.

The amended version of the House bill is similar to the one that Senate passed on September 30.

President Rodrigo Duterte, during his fourth State of the Nation Address in July, called on Congress to postpone the village elections.

Duterte orders NBI to take over Clarin town mayor David Navarro’s slay case

Marje Pelayo   •   October 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to stop its investigation on Clarin-Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro’s slay case.

Navarro was ambushed by armed men on his way to Cebu City Prosecutor’s office on board a police patrol car on October 25 for inquest proceedings on charges of alleged sexual assault.

He was on Duterte’s drug watchlist of narco-politicians.

The President said he wanted an impartial investigation that is why he ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to handle the case instead.

Navarro was under police custody when the crime happened.

Mas gusto ko ang NBI na lang…kasi noong nangyari iyan, kasama ang pulis (I prefer that the NBI [conduct the investigation] because when the incident happened, the police were there),” Duterte said.

“To make it really fair, I’d like to order the police to terminate their investigations and hand it to the NBI whatever documents and all proof or evidence that they have in their hands,” he added.

The Chief Executive said he had a conversation with Navarro several weeks before the ambush where the local official admitted to receiving death threats.

The PNP, for its part, assured that it is ready to heed the President’s order while the Department of Justice (DOJ) welcomes the President’s decision.

“Given the circumstances surrounding the killing of Clarin Mayor Navarro, the President’s directive for the NBI to take over the investigation of the incident should quell any doubts regarding this government’s commitment to solve the case and bring to account those responsible,” concluded DOJ Spokesperson Mark Perete. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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