Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Penal Code up for revision - Manila Standard Today

By Maricel Cruz | Posted on Aug. 14, 2013 at 12:00am | 122 views

A measure was filed Tuesday in the House of Representatives seeking to repeal the 81-year-old Revised Penal Code to keep it attuned to the times.

Authored by Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas, House bill 2300 constitutes "Book One" of the proposed Philippine Code of Crimes.

The bill's salient features include the lowering the age of criminal liability to 13 years old; while those between 13 and 18 will be penalized depending on the nature of the crime and with suspended sentence and referral to diversionary programs.

President Benigno Aquino III has yet to sign the Juvenile Justice Bill, which retains the age of criminal liability at 15.

Congress aims to pass the bill in 2015, Tupas said, noting that lawmakers have failed to push for the measure in the previous Congress because of the impeachment of then Chief Justice Renato Corona.

"Hopefully, by the end of the year, we will (also) be able to file Book Two so we can consolidate Book 1 and 2," Tupas said.

Another salient feature of the bill is the provision allowing the prosecution of citizens who committed crimes outside the country.

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