Lacierda Blames Twitter Non-Followers

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin “dawende” Lacierda must really love Twitter because he seemingly endorses it by putting blame on residents who do not follow the twitter account of their Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Lacierda says that many got surprised with the heavy rains and flooding because “they are obviously not following the DOST twitter account” where the announcements of PAGASA, the weather bureau of the Philippine, were sent.

Huh? In a third world country where the majority of the population has no personal Internet connection, he expects the common people, who are the most likely to be affected by the rain and flash-floods, to have a twitter account?

He then goes on defending himself in Twitter claiming he never quoted on just relying on Twitter, and asks everyone to read the Philippine Daily Inquirer article carefully before jumping into conclusions.


Hack Free

As potential high-profile targets for hackers both local and foreign, Philippine government system administrators must take the extra effort to ensure that their servers are safe from cyber vandalism.

The most recent cyber attack was the hacking of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Philippine News Agency (PNA) websites by Chinese hackers. A few days ago, it was the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the University of the Philippines (UP). Even the Philippine Star website was hacked by one claiming that Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea belongs to China.

A common flaw in these sites was the use of third-party applications or “plug-ins,” and open source programs which are most widely known as the “free” programs available for download by anyone with an Internet connection.

There is a saying “ you get what you didn’t paid for !”