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Oriental Mindoro Rep. Umali’s justice committee tackles proposal to revise PH’s penal code

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Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali led the deliberation of the proposal to amend the decades-old Revised Penal Code.

Umali, the chairman of the powerful House committee on justice, led the discussion on House Bill 6204, which seeks to strengthen the country’s penal code.

The committee also approved 10 bills seeking to establish more regional and municipal trial courts in the country.

“Inaprubahan na ng House Committee on Justice ang 10 panukalang batas na naglalayong magtatag ng mga bagong korte sa iba’t ibang regional at municipal trial courts sa bansa,” Umali said.

The Committee on Justice passed House Bills 2105, 2878, 6313, 6318, 6485, 6486, 6698, 6894, 6977 and 7325 that authorized the creation of RTC and MTC branches nationwide.

Umali said that the number of courts should be increased to hasten the disposition of cases that are clogging court dockets.

“Kasabay nito ay sinimulan na ring talakayin ng kumite na pinangungunahan ni Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. Reynaldo “RU” Umali ang House Bill 6204 na magrerebisa at magpapalakas sa Revised Penal Code (RPC) of the Philippines,” Umali’s office sais.

“[T]iniyak ni Umali na isusulong nila ang HB 6204 na sinampa ni House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez na naglalayong palitan na ang 85-taong Revised Penal Code na ginagamit ng bansa,” it added.

Umali said that some provisions of the RPC are now obsolete and do not reflect the needs of the present time.

“Aniya, hindi na naaangkop sa kasalukuyang panahon ang mga probisyon ng lumang RPC kaya’t nararapat nang palitan o baguhin ito upang palakasin ang criminal justice system ng bansa; kapag naaprubahan, tatawagin na itong Philippine Code of Crimes,” Umali’s office said.