Anonymous Hacks MWSS Website, BUT…
Today the Philippine chapter of Anonymous, a shadowy, underground group of global cyber activists, hacked and defaced the website of a government-owned and controlled corporation Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) over unjustified high charges by the agency’s concessionaires.
In the Philippines, public utilities like MWSS, Light Rail Transit Autority, National Electrification Administration, National Power Corporation, North Luzon Railways Corporation, PNOC Alternative Fuels Corporation, Philippine National Oil Company, among many others, are owned and controlled by the government.
According to Anonymous, they defaced the government agency’s website because “both Maynilad and Manila Water continue to charge consumers around 1.52 pesos per cubic meter for the 2 cancelled projects”.
Here’s their message to the government and the Filipino people:
Hello citizens of the Philippines… We are Anonymous! The website of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System was defaced due to the following reasons. MWSS regulatory office head Manuel Quizon admitted both Maynilad and Manila Water continue to charge consumers around 1.52 pesos per cubic meter for the 2 cancelled projects. Quizon explains this can be corrected through a rate rebasing which is currently being done by the MWSS where under-recovery and over-recovery can be settled through tariff rates for the next five years of both concessionaires.
Maynilad has refused to answer queries about the charges but Manila Water says all charges collected from water consumers are authorized by MWSS as the regulatory body. Consumer group Water for All Refund Movement or WARM said Maynilad and Manila Water should stop the collection of these amounts and immediately refund around 6 billion pesos which is the estimated amount collected so far from 2008. The group asked why consumers should pay for a future project that the concessionaires and MWSS are espousing. According to the group, water rates have gone up to 37 pesos to 48 pesos per cubic meter since the two concessionaires took over water services.
WARM has already filed syndicated estafa against top officials of both Maynilad and Manila Water but the QC prosecutors office has yet to act on it… Why should consumers pay for shelved water projects? Another reason is the excessive benefits given to members of its board. Each board member is paid 9,000 pesos per regular committee meeting and 15,000 pesos for board meeting. MWSS trustees would schedule 4 committee meetings in a day, which would total earnings of P36,000 a day.
We are fighting for the truth and free speech. People should not fear the government. The government should fear their people. Anonymous is not a group. Anonymous is not an organization. Anonymous is an idea. And ideas are bulletproof.
We are anonymous, we are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget, United as one, divided by none, the corrupt fear us, the honest support us, the heroic joins us, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, it’s too late to expect us!
I say, that’s a very effective way to get a message across– hacking, defacing a notorious government monopoly. But members behind that shadowy militant cyber-group should know the reason why prices of not only water services, but also electricity and other services continue to escalate in the country. The main reason is government protectionism, which is the cause of monopoly and lack of market competition in the Philippines.
Currently, the Philippine government, through its politically appointed managers and executives, manages nearly 100 GOCCs that monopolize many sectors or industries. As many economists say, without market competition prices of services and goods will inevitably increase.
Also, many of our local industries and companies are protected by our laws against foreign competition. We experience poor and not-fairly priced Internet services due to lack of competition. South Korea has the best Internet services and fastest Internet speed due to high market competition.
According to this report, South Korea has the best Internet services because of competition:
Countries with fast, cheap Internet connections tend to have more competition.
In the U.S., competition among companies that provide broadband connections is relatively slim. Most people choose between a cable company and a telephone company when they sign up for Internet service.
In other countries, including South Korea, the choices are more varied.
In the Philippines, the Internet industry is being monopolized by Filipino-owned companies, which are part of the Philippine corporate oligarchy. Thus, there are two types of monopolists in the country: the Government itself and the Corporate Oligarchy that owns interconnected, interdependent companies and industries.
Here’s a list of government owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) in the Philippines based on records from the Commission on Audit (COA):
- Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines (ISLAMIC BANK)
- Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)
- Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA)
- Cebu Ports Authority (CPA)
- Clark Development Corporation (CDC)
- Cottage Industry Technology Center (CITC)
- Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM)
- Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)
- Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP)
- Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)
- DBP Data Center, Inc. (DCI)
- Duty Free Philippines
- Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC)
- Food Terminal Incorporated (FTI)
- Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
- Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG)
- Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC)
- Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA)
- Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP)
- Light Rail Transit Autority (LTRA)
- Livelihood Corporation (LIVECOR)
- Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA)
- Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP)
- Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA)
- Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)
- Masaganang Sakahan, Inc.
- Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)
- National Agribusiness Corporation (NABC)
- National Dairy Authority (NDA)
- National Development Company (NDC)
- NDC Maritime Leasing Corporation (NLMC)
- National Electrification Administration (NEA)
- National Food Authority (NFA)
- National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC)
- National Housing Authority (NHA)
- National Irrigation Administration (NIA)
- National Livelihood Support Fund (NLSF)
- National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI)
- National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR)
- National Tobacco Administration (NTA)
- National Transmission Corporation (TRANSCO)
- North Luzon Railways Corporation (NorthRail)
- Northern Foods Corporation (NFC)
- Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC)
- Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC)
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)
- People’s Credit and Finance Corporation (PCFC)
- PEA Tollway Corporation (PEATC)
- Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC)
- Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)
- Philippine Center for Economic Development (PCED)
- Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)
- Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)
- Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC)
- Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC)
- Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC)
- Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)
- Philippine Export-Import Credit Agency (PHILEXIM)
- Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHILHEALTH)
- Philippine Heart Center (PHC)
- Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)
- Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC)
- Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
- Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC)
- Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC)
- PNOC Alternative Fuels Corporation (PNOC AFC)
- PNOC Exploration Corporation (PNOC EC)
- PNOC Development and Management Corporation (PDMC)
- PNOC PNOC Shipping and Transport Corporation (PNOC STC)
- Philippine National Railways (PNR)
- Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)
- Philippine Postal Corporation (PHILPOST)
- Philippine Postal Savings Bank, Inc. (PPSB)
- Philippine Retirement Authority (***)
- Philippine Reclamation Authority (formerly Philippine Estates Authority)
- Philippine Rice Research Institute (PRRI)
- Poro Point Management Corporation (PPMC)
- Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM)
- Philippine Tourism Authority (PTrA)
- Quedan Rural Credit and Guarantee Corporation (QUEDANCOR)
- Radio Philippine Network, Inc. (RPN)
- Small Business Guarantee & Finance Corporation (SBGFC)
- Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)
- Social Security System (SSS)
- Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)
- Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA)
- Technology & Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC)
- Trade and Investment Development Corporation of the Philippines (TIDCORP)
- Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority (Zamboanga Freeport Authority)