'Tagay para sa buong barangay?’ Hacker used senator's credit card to order P1M worth of liquor, not food

 By Archie Villaflores

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Senator Sherwin Gatchalian revealed Thursday that the hacker of his credit card had purchased P1 million-worth of liquor, and not food items as he earlier suspected.

Gatchalian made the clarification after filing an incident report to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday.

The senator said he already got initial information from Foodpanda, the online food delivery marketplace that was used by the hacker.

"Nakausap ko na ang coordinator nila at 'yung president mismo ng Foodpanda at sila po 'yung nagsabi sa akin na ang inorder pala ay alak," he said in a press conference.

"Street address lang ang ibinigay hindi bahay eh," he added.

Gatchalian said the hacker was able to make four transactions with a liquor merchant and had the items delivered through the courier somewhere in Makati and in another unidentified area after changing the phone number linked to the senator's credit card.

"Dahil nakuha nila ang one-time password, sa isipan ng Foodpanda legitimate ang transaction so dineliver nila ang items," he said.

The incident is still subject to further investigation, the senator added saying that he is not willing to pay for the P1 million used in the unauthorized and fraudulent transactions.

Meanwhile, Union Bank said its investigation on the "isolated incident" is already ongoing.