MANILA -- Hackers who will cause an electoral sabotage in the coming May elections may face a penalty of life imprisonment according to the poll body.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) legal department head Ferdinand Rafanan said: “Ang topic ng hacking ay nasa e-commerce law so pinaparusahan yan. It is a crime to hack.”

As explained in Republic Act (RA) 9369, if the hacking attack involved 5,000 votes and higher but there was no change in the result, it would be considered as an electoral sabotage.

“Kung hindi maiba pero more than 5,000, electoral sabotage pa rin yun," said Rafanan.

If 10,000 votes and higher are involved but there is no change in the election result, it is still considered a sabotage.

Under the same act, persons found guilty to commit electoral sabotage may face life imprisonment.

Talks on hacking attacks resumed when another government website -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) -- was defaced for the second time this week. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)