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NR # 3425B
30 years prescriptive period for violations of Anti-graft law
Violators of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act should not be allowed to escape criminal liability by mere technicality of prescription, veteran lawmakers stressed. The ouse Committee on !evision of "aws chaired by #arlyn ". Primicias-A$abas has approved and endorsed the plenary consideration and passa$e of % &'&( in substitution of the ori$inal % )&*+ authored by !eps. Gior$idi %. A$$abao and !ep. ,oa-uin #. Chipeco, ,r. %&'&( is entitled .An Act increasin$ the prescriptive period from fifteen /'+0 to thirty /)10 years for violation of !epublic Act 2o. )1'3, otherwise known as the .AntiGraft and Corrupt Practices Act4, amendin$ 5ection '' thereof.4 5ection '' of !.A. 2o. )1'3 is proposed to be amended to read as follows6 “Sec. 11. Prescription of Offenses. – All offenses punishable under this Act shall prescribe in thirty years.” .The e7tension of another fifteen years would ensure that those who violate the said Act would not be able to escape liability by mere technicality of the current '+-year prescription period,4 the authors pointed out. The authors added that the proposed amendment to the prescriptive period is also in compliance with the provisions of the 8nited 2ations Convention A$ainst Corruption /82CAC0 to which the Philippines is a si$natory. 9nce the measure is scheduled for floor deliberation by the Committee on !ules, Chairperson Primicias-A$abas and !ep. A$$abao will take turns defendin$ the measure in plenary after resumption of sessions on #ay +. /)10 dpt