CURRENT PASSPORT PRODUCER SPEAKS: NO DATA LEAK
APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the government’s current e-passport producer denied the claims of the Department of Foreign Affairs of a breach or loss of information.
APUI chairman Michael Dalumpines said in interviews that critical data of the former passport printer is currently at the company’s plant in Lipa, Batangas.
“Walang nali-leak as I was saying. Walang leak, wala kaming nakikitang leak. “Wala, walang natangay,” Dalumpines said.
DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin earlier alleged that the previous passport maker did not turnover data to present manufacturer. Locsin tweeted that there was “withholding of the data by irate Frenchmen.”
Locsin further said that the previous contractor refused to turn over the data “after its contract was in its view unfairly terminated.” He added that the servers in Aseana DFA could not be accessed.
But Dalumpines said that all data used for the old machine-readable passports (MREPS) were turned over to them.
“Na-turn over ‘yong mga equipment to APO and then ‘yong IT guys they were able to do something about it kaya na-restore nila lahat, ‘yon ang pagkakasabi sa akin. Na-retrieve nga,” he said.
“Nandoon lahat ng Oberthur na equipment (and) data na pinasa sa amin. Nandoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, nasa Batangas,” he added.