Draft of the Philippine Code of Crimes: Book I now online for public


Under the 1989 Reorganization Plan of the U.P. Law Complex, the Institute of Government and Law Reform of the U.P. Law Center (IGLR) has been tasked to perform the functions of the defunct Code Commission. In the discharge of this function,the IGLR constituted a Committee composed of criminal law experts to propose and draft revisions to the Revised Penal Code. The said Committee is currently composed of the following:

Retired Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Edilberto G. Sandoval
Court of Appeals Justice Mario V. Lopez
Retired Sandiganbayan Justice Rodolfo G. Palattao
Former Special Prosecutor Dennis M. Villa-Ignacio
Former UP College of Law Dean Bartolome S. Carale
UP Vice-President for Legal Affairs Atty. Hector Danny D. Uy.

The Committee has finished a working draft Book One of the Code, which they named the Philippine Code of Crimes. In coming up with this draft, the Committee looked at jurisprudence, House Bill No. 2300 or the Code of Crimes drafted by the DOJ, and the penal laws or codes of other jurisdictions, notably the Swiss Penal Code and the Spanish Penal Code. The Committee is now currently working on Book Two of the Revised Penal Code, and has invited experts from other fields in the review and deliberations of the provisions of the specific Titles in the Code, and other special penal laws which are not included in the Code.

Comments to the working draft of Book One of the Code of Crimes are welcome. Such comments may be sent to uplciglr@gmail.com.