President Benigno Aquino III is expected to attend the upcoming 1st National Summit on Criminal Justice as keynote speaker of the two-day event scheduled on December 5 and 6 in Manila. The event is a gathering of stakeholders of the justice system to reexamine the institutional criminal justice issues and to forge strategies towards for enhanced delivery of justice.
Among the highlights of the event is the unveiling of the draft of Book 1 of the new criminal code mandated by the President in his first State of the Nation Address. The draft is a concrete output of the Criminal Code Committee (CCC) which was formed to craft a simple and Filipino penal code.
As precursors to the criminal justice summit, the Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC) composed of the Supreme Court, Department of Justice and Department of Interior and Local Government held a national forum on illegal drugs last November 14, 2011 at the Philippine International Convention Center with Chief Justice Renato C. Corona as the main speaker. This event was attended by more than 200 participants from different sectors.
For the Summit, a total of 500 delegates are expected with strong participation from civil society groups, development partners, foreign missions and core justice sector agencies.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr. and Chief Justice Renato Corona will deliver their messages for the justice system.