1. What was the case all about?
Filipino hacker JJ Maria Giner, a graduate of B.S. in Marine Fisheries pleaded guilty on Wednesday to hacking the government portal “gov.ph” and other government websites, making this the first Philippine hacking case to have ended in a conviction, the Department of Justice (DoJ) said. According to Criminal Case No. 419672-CR filed at Branch 14 of the Metropolitan Trial Court of Manila under Judge Rosalyn Mislos-Loja, a copy which was shown to INQ7.net, Giner was sentenced to one to two years of imprisonment and will pay a fine of 100,000 pesos. However, Giner immediately applied for probation, which was eventually granted by the court during Wednesday’s arraignment, the DoJ said.
2. Did ant prosecution results?
Yes, because JJ Maria Giner pleaded guilty on Wednesday to hacking the government portal "gov.ph" and other government websites, making this the first Philippine hacking case to have ended in a conviction, the Department of Justice (DoJ) said.
The granting of the probation will allow Giner to skip jail time but he will still be required to report to a probationary officer on a regular basis. Giner's lawyer Rodolfo Viajar, Jr. agreed with the court's ruling, according to the copy shown to INQ7.net. Giner's arraignment started at 8:30 am Wednesday at branch 14 of the Metropolitan Trial Court in Manila. The conviction of Giner is now considered a landmark case, as he is the first local hacker to be convicted under section 33a of the E-Commerce Law or Republic Act 8792, according to DoJ Secretary Raul Gonzalez and Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuño who have provided support to the prosecution of the case. In a separate interview, Geronimo Sy, the state prosecutor handling the case, revealed that Giner's lawyer had agreed to a plea bargain before Wednesday's arraignment, wherein the local hacker was advised to plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence.
3. if so, what were their outcomes?