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Chapter One

Article 89. How criminal liability is totally extinguished. - Criminal liability is totally

1. By the death of the convict, as to the personal penalties and as to pecuniary

penalties, liability therefor is extinguished only when the death of the offender
occurs before final judgment.

2. By service of the sentence;

3. By amnesty, which completely extinguishes the penalty and all its effects;

4. By absolute pardon;

5. By prescription of the crime;

6. By prescription of the penalty;

7. By the marriage of the offended woman, as provided in Article 344 of this


Article 90. Prescription of crime. –

MEANING: the forfeiture or loss of the right of the state to prosecute the offender after
the lapse of time.

Crimes punishable by death, reclusion perpetua or reclusion temporal shall prescribe in

twenty years.

Crimes punishable by other afflictive penalties shall prescribe in fifteen years.

Those punishable by a correctional penalty shall prescribe in ten years; with the
exception of those punishable by arresto mayor, which shall prescribe in five years.

The crime of libel or other similar offenses shall prescribe in one year.

The crime of oral defamation and slander by deed shall prescribe in six months.

Light offenses prescribe in two months.

When the penalty fixed by law is a compound one, the highest penalty shall be made
the basis of the application of the rules contained in the first, second and third
paragraphs of this article. (As amended by RA 4661, approved June 19, 1966).
Article 91. Computation of prescription of offenses. - The period of prescription shall
commence to run from the day on which the crime is discovered by the offended party,
the authorities, or their agents, and shall be interrupted by the filing of the complaint or
information, and shall commence to run again when such proceedings terminate
without the accused being convicted or acquitted, or are unjustifiably stopped for any
reason not imputable to him.

The term of prescription shall not run when the offender is absent from the Philippine

PRESCRIPTION OF PENALTIES – the loss or the forfeiture of the right of the

government to execute the final sentence after the lapse of time

Article 92. When and how penalties prescribe. - The penalties imposed by final sentence
prescribe as follows:

1. Death and reclusion perpetua, in twenty years;

2. Other afflictive penalties, in fifteen years;

3. Correctional penalties, in ten years; with the exception of the penalty of arresto
mayor, which prescribes in five years;

4. Light penalties, in one year.

Article 93. Computation of the prescription of penalties. - The period of prescription of

penalties shall commence to run from the date when the culprit should evade the
service of his sentence, and it shall be interrupted if the defendant should give himself
up, be captured, should go to some foreign country with which this Government has no
extradition treaty, or should commit another crime before the expiration of the period of

Chapter Two

Article 94. Partial Extinction of criminal liability. - Criminal liability is extinguished


1. By conditional pardon;

2. By commutation of the sentence; and

3. For good conduct allowances which the culprit may earn while he is serving
his sentence.

Article 95. Obligation incurred by person granted conditional pardon. - Any person who has
been granted conditional pardon shall incur the obligation of complying strictly with
the conditions imposed therein otherwise, his non-compliance with any of the
conditions specified shall result in the revocation of the pardon and the provisions of
Article 159 shall be applied to him.

Article 96. Effect of commutation of sentence. - The commutation of the original sentence
for another of a different length and nature shall have the legal effect of substituting the
latter in the place of the former.

Article 97. Allowance for good conduct. - The good conduct of any prisoner in any penal
institution shall entitle him to the following deductions from the period of his sentence:

1. During the first two years of his imprisonment, he shall be allowed a

deduction of five days for each month of good behavior;

2. During the third to the fifth year, inclusive, of his imprisonment, he shall be
allowed a deduction of eight days for each month of good behavior;

3. During the following years until the tenth year, inclusive, of his imprisonment,
he shall be allowed a deduction of ten days for each month of good behavior;

4. During the eleventh and successive years of his imprisonment, he shall be

allowed a deduction of fifteen days for each month of good behaviour.

Article 98. Special time allowance for loyalty. - A deduction of one-fifth of the period of his
sentence shall be granted to any prisoner who, having evaded the service of his
sentence under the circumstances mentioned in Article 58 of this Code, gives himself up
to the authorities within 48 hours following the issuance of a proclamation announcing
the passing away of the calamity or catastrophe to in said article.

Article 99. Who grants time allowances. - Whenever lawfully justified, the Director of
Prisons shall grant allowances for good conduct. Such allowances once granted shall
not be revoked.

Title Five


Chapter One

Article 100. Civil liability of a person guilty of felony. - Every person criminally liable for a
felony is also civilly liable.

Chapter Two

Article 104. What is included in civil liability. - The civil liability established in Articles
100, 101, 102, and 103 of this Code includes:

1. Restitution;

2. Reparation of the damage caused;

3. Indemnification for consequential damages.

Article 105. Restitution; How made. - The restitution of the thing itself must be made
whenever possible, with allowance for any deterioration, or diminution of value as
determined by the court.

The thing itself shall be restored, even though it be found in the possession of a third
person who has acquired it by lawful means, saving to the latter his action against the
proper person, who may be liable to him.

This provision is not applicable in cases in which the thing has been acquired by the
third person in the manner and under the requirements which, by law, bar an action for
its recovery.

Article 106. Reparation; How made. - The court shall determine the amount of damage,
taking into consideration the price of the thing, whenever possible, and its special
sentimental value to the injured party, and reparation shall be made accordingly.

Article 107. Indemnification; What is included. - Indemnification for consequential

damages shall include not only those caused the injured party, but also those suffered
by his family or by a third person by reason of the crime.

Article 108. Obligation to make restoration, reparation for damages, or indemnification for
consequential damages and actions to demand the same; Upon whom it devolves. - The
obligation to make restoration or reparation for damages and indemnification for
consequential damages devolves upon the heirs of the person liable.

The action to demand restoration, reparation, and indemnification likewise descends to

the heirs of the person injured.

Article 109. Share of each person civilly liable. - If there are two or more persons civilly
liable for a felony, the courts shall determine the amount for which each must respond.
Article 39. Subsidiary penalty. - If the convict has no property with which to meet the fine
mentioned in the paragraph 3 of the nest preceding article, he shall be subject to a
subsidiary personal liability at the rate of one day for each eight pesos, subject to the
following rules:

1. If the principal penalty imposed be prision correccional or arresto and fine, he

shall remain under confinement until his fine referred to in the preceding
paragraph is satisfied, but his subsidiary imprisonment shall not exceed one-
third of the term of the sentence, and in no case shall it continue for more than
one year, and no fraction or part of a day shall be counted against the prisoner.

2. When the principal penalty imposed be only a fine, the subsidiary

imprisonment shall not exceed six months, if the culprit shall have been
prosecuted for a grave or less grave felony, and shall not exceed fifteen days, if
for a light felony.

3. When the principal imposed is higher than prision correccional, no subsidiary

imprisonment shall be imposed upon the culprit.

4. If the principal penalty imposed is not to be executed by confinement in a

penal institution, but such penalty is of fixed duration, the convict, during the
period of time established in the preceding rules, shall continue to suffer the
same deprivations as those of which the principal penalty consists.

5. The subsidiary personal liability which the convict may have suffered by
reason of his insolvency shall not relieve him, from the fine in case his financial
circumstances should improve. (As amended by RA 5465, April 21, 1969).