After 81 years, the House of Representatives has finally moved to repeal the 1932 Revised Penal Code with the Philippine Code of Crimes which would which would impose harsher penalties to moneyed individuals who committed crimes. Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. of Iloilo province, the Chairman of the House Committee on Justice, made the announcement during the launch of the Book 1 of the proposed Philippine Code of Crimes or House Bill 2300 authored by Tupas. The Philippine Code of Crimes provides that a criminal will have to pay penalties based on the crime they committed and their income, meaning a President of the Company would incur higher penalties over his driver even if they committed the same crime. Likewise, the PH Code of Crimes will grant Philippine court jurisdiction on transnational crimes or crimes committed by Filipinos abroad as well as Filipinos who became victims of crime committed abroad. The PH Crime Code would also lower the age of criminal responsibility to 13 from the existing 15-year-old threshold in the existing Juvenile Justice Law passed last Congress. Another provision modified by the new code is the double jeopardy or prohibition of charging the same person with the same crime. The… Read full this story
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