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Aquino approves amendments to revised penal code

Aquino approves amendments to revised penal code

MANILA, June 3 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III signed on May 29 Republic Act 10592, or “An Act Amending Articles 29, 94, 97, 98, and 99 of Act 3815, as Amended, or the Revised Penal Code, the Palace said Saturday.

Under Article 29 of the Revised Penal Code, the local jail shall entitle a prisoner to the following deductions from the period of his sentence for good behavior:

During the first two years of imprisonment, the prisoner shall be allowed a deduction of 20 days for each month of good behavior during detention;

In the third to the 5th year, inclusive, of his imprisonment, he shall be allowed a deduction of twenty-three days for each month of good behavior during detention;

During the following years until the 10th year, inclusive, of his imprisonment, the prisoner shall be allowed a deduction of 25 days for each month of good behavior during detention;

And in the 11th and successive years of his imprisonment, he shall be allowed a deduction of 30 days for each month of good behavior during detention; and

At any time during the period of imprisonment, he shall be allowed another deduction of 15 days, in addition to numbers one to four for each month of study, teaching or mentoring service time rendered.

The law states that an appeal by the accused shall not deprive him of entitlement to the allowances for good conduct.

The implementing rules and regulations of the amended law will be promulgated by the secretary of the Department of Justice and the secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government within 60 days from the approval of the act.(PNA)
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