The Department of Justice, in cooperation with its major partner institutions, announced today that the three-year project output of the Criminal Code Committee (CCC) was filed in the House of Representatives as House Bill No. 2300 or the Philippine Code of Crimes. It will be marked by a formal launch on 13 August 2013, 10:00 a.m. at the North Wing Lobby of the House of Representatives.
The bill's principal author is Representative Niel "Junjun" C. Tupas, Jr., Chairperson of the House Committee on Justice and close collaborator and supporter of the Criminal Code Committee.
"The Committee on Justice continues its tradition of hard work by pursuing milestone initiatives and programs to improve our justice system," said Congressman Tupas. "We will carry on the overdue reforms as part of our legacy to the Filipino under the President's overall reform agenda," he said.
The modern criminal code is designed for the Filipino psyche and society to radically improve the administration of justice and enhance access to justice.
"We are pleased on the high level of cooperation and participation between the executive and legislative branches," said Secretary Manuel N. Mamba of 'the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office. "This is a Department priority legislation that the PLLO fully supports," he said.
Secretary Leila M. De Lima of the DOJ noted that the draft Book 1 of the new Criminal Code was approved by the President and that the process of codification of major statute anywhere in the world requires decades of advocacy and research.
Expected to give their messages at the event are Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr., Congressman Niel "Junjun" C. Tupas, Jr., DOJ Secretary Leila M. De Lima and Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Manuel N. Mamba.