Revised Penal Code

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The 1870 Codigo Penal de España or Penal Code of Spain of 1870 was in force in the Philippines up to 31 December 1931.<ref>People vs. Siton, G.R. No. 169364, 18 September 2009</ref> While many of the offenses contained in the old Penal Code remains the same in the Revised Penal Code, the old Penal Code did not contain certain provisions, including:

  • Vagrancy. The first statute punishing vagrancy – Act No. 519 – was modeled after American vagrancy statutes and passed by the Philippine Commission in 1902.<ref>People vs. Siton, G.R. No. 169364, 18 September 2009</ref>

Act No. 3185, which took effect on 1 January 1932, revised and superseded the old Penal Code.