SC: “Happy Jail Law” may also be applied retroactively

Republic Act 10592, an act amending certain provisions of the Revised Penal Code (Act No. 3815 ), increased the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) given to prisoners. The following are the highlights of the said law: It expanded the time of application of the good conduct time allowance for prisoners. It increased the number of […]

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Know the effects of repealing the penal statutes

The repeal of penal statutes may be expressed or implied. Example of repeal by implication is through codification as cited in the case of People vs Binuya. The effects thereof are the following: 1. If the repeal is absolute, the accused should be acquitted. Exception: The repealing law contains a saving clause to the effect […]

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Art 1 of the Revised Penal Code : The three cardinal principles of the Philippine penal laws explained

The penal laws in the Philippines observed several principles in application of the law. In the Revised Penal Code (RPC), in particular, here are the three cardinal principles: 1. Generality 2. Territoriality 3. Prospectivity According to the book of Regalado, some would add the fourth principle, which is that of legality in consideration of the […]

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