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    Restorative justice system in Phl pushed

    PHILIPPINE Congress is set to start plenary debate to institutionalize the shift from the traditional form of punishment of incarceration of convicted prisoners to a restorative justice paradigm.
    The House Committee on Revision of Laws chaired by Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas on Tuesday approved and endorsed House Bill 4147 in substitution of HB Nos. 117, 1066, 1087, 2117 and 3568 for plenary consideration and approval when Congress reconvenes for the 2nd regular session in May.
    HB 4147 is entitled "An Act rationalizing and strengthening the Probation System, amending for the purpose the pertinent provisions of Presidential Decree No. 968, otherwise known as the 'Probation Law of 1976', as amended."
    "One of the objectives of HB 4147 is to strengthen the Probation Law by establishing a correctional system that will reform, rehabilitate and restore the dignity of prisoners," the authors stressed.
    Principal authors of the original bills include: Reps. Giorgidi Aggabao and Xavier Jesus Romualdo (HB 117); Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales III (HB 1066); Reps. Rufus Rodriguez, Maximo Rodriguez, Jr., and Joaquin Chipeco, Jr. (HB 1087); Rep. Evelina Escudero (HB 2117); and Agabas (HB 3568).
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