The Philippine National Police (PNP) considers the passport data loss at the Department of Foreign Affairs as a threat to national security.
PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde said on Monday, Jan. 14, that the passport data issue of the DFA not only affects the national security but also the privacy of every passport holder.
“Not only threat to national security but also on the threat of our identities. Napakaraming Pilipino na kumuha ng passport na nandun lahat ang iyong information. That is one threat,” Albayalde told reporters during a press briefing at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Albayalde said that the PNP is willing to help the DFA in investigating the data loss. However, he stressed that they will wait for a request from the DFA before providing aid in the investigation.
The PNP chief mentioned that the Anti-Cybercrime Group, Information Technology Management Service, Directorate for Information and Communications Technology Management, and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group can provide assistance.
“Ang problema lang kasi wala tayong initial na coordination with DFA. Probably baka rineresolve nila in their level. Hindi natin alam kaya ayaw pa natin makisawsaw until the DFA will ask our assistance,” Albayalde explained.
“We are very much willing to assist the DFA dito,” Albayalde added.
On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. revealed that the previous contractor took off with passport data following the termination of their printing contract with the government.