On Monday, President Benigno S. Aquino III announced the formal creation of the Philippine Republican Anonymous Internet Army. “We are formerly drafting the members of the Hacktivist group such as Anonymous in the country to form the Core of the first Philippine Republican Anonymous Internet Army”.
The President made the decision to form a new branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines after repeated attacks of the hacktivist group, as well as attacks by foreign entities on Philippine government websites.
“If you can’t beat them, join them.” The National Security Adviser was quoted as saying.
Deputy Press Secretary Abigail Valte remarked, “Now that democracy is out of the recovery room, with the recent ratings upgrade to investment grade status, our neighbors should expect the Philippines to take our rightful place in providing security in the region.”
Sources who wish to remain anonymous in the Palace revealed that Chinese intrusion attempts have been detected. The same sources indicated that the President has had enough. Privately, Aquino is fuming that he can not do anything. So he is drafting Anonymous to begin training the first generation of Filipino CyberForces. They will be conducting Joint Operations with the U.S. 7th Fleet CyberCommand in penetrating Chinese networks.
The President has also ordered the creation of the Philippine Internet War College, under the Philippine Military Academy to formerly train Officers in developing and conducting cyberwar.
It is expected that President Aquino will also ask Congress for an additional PHP50 trillion pesos in military expenditure. This will go into financing the new Philippine Republican Internet Army as well as the building of 1st Philippine Drone Fleet. The new expenditure will go into assembling by the end of the President’s term, a Unmanned Aerial vehicle force that would take off naval carriers that would patrol the highly contested West Philippine Sea.
If China insists on conducting military operations off the Philippine coast, as well as conducting raids off Philippine Internet sites, the Philippines will not take these provocation lightly. The current Senate President, Juan Ponce Enrile when asked by members of the Senate Press Corp, his opinion on the President’s statement said, “We disagree with President Aquino on many policy issues but I think we can agree that a strong National Defense is needed. I can guarantee by partisan support should the President formally sends his request to Congress.”
A member of the hacktivst group anonymous said in response to the President’s speech, “China: We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”