Voting 17-0, the Senate approved on third and final reading Monday an amendment to the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act extending the prescriptive period for graft cases from 15 to 20 years.
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, chairman of the justice committee and sponsor of Senate Bill No. 2422, said the enactment of the measure will allow government prosecutors to build stronger cases and give witnesses more time to come forward.
He said establishing a solid and winnable case against a corrupt public officer or employee may ordinarily take a longer time compared to other crimes.
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