House starts 2013 Code of Crimes hearing
The House of Representatives has started on Friday the first public hearing over the proposed new Code of Crimes bill together with its accompanying measure “The Criminal Investigation Act of 2013″ which expected to update and enhance the current judicial system of the country.
The “New Philippine Code of Crimes of 2013″ aims to “totally replace the antiquated and outmoded” 1932 Revised Penal Code, the House said in a statement.
House Justice Committee Chairman Niel Tupas, Jr., principal author of the measure, said that this is the result of three years of “hard work and intense collaboration” between the Legislative and Executive branches of the government.
The public hearing will be attended by representatives from different government agencies, including the Judiciary, Executive Agencies, academe, Integrated Bar, local government units, non-governmental organizations and civil societies, the Department of Justice said in another statement.
The new Code of Crimes contains 21 sections will proposed changes to the judicial system such as changing jurisdiction to universal-based instead of current territory-based jurisdiction.
The bill also proposed to set the minimum age of criminal liability to 13 years old. Those between 13 and 18 will be penalized depending on the nature of the crime “but with suspended sentence and referral to diversionary programs.”
It will simplify “the approach to criminalization based on – conduct and not mental state.”
Once enacted, there will no longer be a frustrated stage of commission of crime or accomplices in the degree of participation as it simplifies the categories of crime.
DOJ Sec. Leila De Lima, who formally endorsed the bill to Upper and Lower Chamber, said he will request President Benigno Aquino III to certify the bill as urgent for the country to have “concrete and verifiable results” before the 2016.
DOJ Assistant Secretary Geronimo L. Sy said they are opening the public hearing to engage the citizenry and interested experts to contribute to the measure. (Ron B. Lopez)