More than two days ago. The president of the National Transmission Commission (TransCo) Atty. Melvin Matibag revealed that Chinese controlled NGCP filed a TRO preventing TransCo from conducting inspection of its transmission facilities which may have appeared to have been bugged with remote hacking mechanisms giving China unrelented access to our national power-grid systems.
The State Grid of China, a corporation owned by the Chinese government, introduced the remote monitoring and control system after buying 40 percent of NGCP shares. Thus, putting the Philippines under serious risk of a cyber-attack carried out by Chinese intelligence networks. This isn’t far-fetch given that China has relevant laws requiring any Chinese company to always allow Chinese state-intelligence agencies to use their systems and databases in any intelligence gathering or sabotage operations required by the government.
So in essence, spying is a natural requirement for Chinese companies to operate within or outside China, including the State Grid of China who now controls 40% of our own national power grid.
Now let’s examine the risks of a national power grid hack and what would be its worrying consequences?
Should in the event that the new administration to replace the Duterte regime in 2022 would not be favorable and appeasing to China and may even attempt to try and dislodge Chinese occupation of reefs in the West Philippine Sea will put Chinese hackers in the offensive and attempt possible worst-case scenarios below.
- They can try to put the new administration under its toes by threatening a nationwide power-cuts, which will surely undermine the economy and a huge political backlash. Which means that the new administration would have to play under China’s own rules or else face the risk.
- They can also try and damage the critical power generation or distribution facilities which will also result in massive power outages that would take a considerable amount of resources needed by the government to try repair and restore them which surely would affect our economy somehow.
- Critical infrastructures designed to monitor and keep our power generation systems in-check may even be controlled and manipulated to cause explosions and accidents that will surely result in the lost of power generation facilities, equipment and lives.
“..Chinese controlled NGCP filed a TRO preventing TransCo from conducting inspection of PH transmission facilities: They did not allow us to inspect transmission facilities. We found that there are some things there that shouldn’t be there..”
Most notorious examples of this type of hack was the one done in Saudi Arabia, where a malware was injected by foreign-hackers into one of their powers-plants. The Triton malware was designed to disable the so-called safety-instrument systems at Saudi Arabian oil refinery in a 2017 cyberattack, with the apparent aim of crippling equipment that monitors for leaks, explosions, or other catastrophic accidents.
The sole intent of controlling a foreign country’s power-grid is in itself a huge influential victory. It is as if putting the people at a gunpoint and its future leaders hostage and forever be indebted to the foreign powers who holds the remote control. This surely is the dismal situation that the Philippines were heading to. And many of the island’s entire populace were simply unaware of these possibilities.
China tried to control Australia’s power grid, but Australia stopped them
Other countries close the Pacific were all been given generous attention by the Chinese government putting them on the leash with billions worth of loans and investments, including Australia who happened to be one sole Western superpower near China’s area of influence. In fact, its navies had been maintaining routine patrols in the South China Sea putting China on its heels. So it would naturally make sense that China would seize every opportunity to control the political situation in Australia as they did in the Philippines.
Chinese state-owned State Grid Corporation and Hong Kong-registered Cheung Kong Infrastructure Group wrestled for control over the lease of an Australian power company ”Austgrid” for 99 years.
“The issues are real, they’re matters obviously of national security interest to the Commonwealth and elaborating on those obviously would not be in the national interest either,”
“When it comes to foreign investment, particularly in an asset such as this, the national security issues are paramount,” – Scott Morrison (Australian Government, Treasurer)
So naturally, China’s desperate attempts to control Austraia’s power grid grounded to a halt. But I’m sure they will not be giving up and would in the future attempt the same tactics they’ve done in the Philippines by undermining its political systems patiently waiting for a potentially friendlier administration that will surely help them in their onerous agenda.
However, in the Philippines we’ve unwittingly allowed China to access to most of our critical infrastructure. One of these is of course our telecommunications systems which will now be operated by a Chinese backed company under Dennis Uy. Next, we have the NGCP now being controlled by the State Grid of China. Then the upcoming companies in China’s wishlist would surely be our ”Water Distribution” companies as Duterte had recently been shamed, attacking these companies in many of his speeches in order to undermine the public’s perception and manipulate them with his own populist agenda.
Duterte had in fact been dawdling inconsistencies and misconceptions regarding the case between Manila Water arbitration and why the government were being required to pay such a huge amount of money. Perhaps, it would be more prudent to try and let the courts handle such issues, but his speeches puts a dictatorial touch over the issue which worries many private companies and investors.
Has the Philippine justice system totally lost its bureaucratic efficiency? Now, seemingly replaced by the troll-mentality which had in fact infected the rest of the population in a pitch-fork stance against any of Duterte’s perceived enemies? Whether it is the supposed sickly drug-addicts, the ‘tsinelas’ sporting druglords, intellectual elites, the ever truthful media or even the big companies who employed thousands of people were being harassed and shamed for being ”oligarchs” just because they resist Duterte’s dictatorial pressures or simply because they yield an opportunity for Duterte’s favored Chinese-controlled oligarchs.
I think, the Philippines are slowly becoming more of a slave country. Not by the Americans of course. But by Chinese state influence. Much of our own elites are now leaning in favor of the rich and wealthy Chinese businessmen flocking into our country in search for gold and opportunity. In fact, more and more Chinese companies operating here prefer only Chinese workers imported abroad. Thus, effectively denying employment opportunities to our Filipino countrymen.
To be fair, I have nothing against the Chinese people or its rich history and culture. I am not in favor of the oppressive Chinese Communist Party and of course its onerous policies which selfishly prioritizes their own government’s national interest whilst setting aside the best interest of other nation’s inhabitants.
Any country who attempts to control your own seas, harass your fishermen, your own boats and of course attempt to threaten you with bombs is not a friend.
Why is the Philippine government sleeping with the enemy? Your guess is as good as mine. Philippine politicians paid with silver. Now, the Philippines are now being abused, kicked, slapped, crowned with thorns and soon will be nailed to the cross. There’s absolutely no turning back in this. We’re all in this together, regardless of your political stance or beliefs.