An Act Amending Presidential Decree Numbered Nine Hundred Sixty-Eight, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Probation Law of Nineteen Hundred and Seventy-Six, So as to Expand its Coverage

Section 1. Section nine of Presidential Decree Numbered Nine hundred sixty-eight, as amended by Presidential Decree Numbered Twelve hundred and fifty-seven, is hereby further amended to read as follows:

"Sec. 9. Disqualified Offenders. The benefits of this Decree shall not be extended to those:

"(a) sentenced to serve a maximum term of imprisonment of more than six years and one day;

"(b) convicted of any offense against the security of the State;

"(c) who have previously been convicted by final judgment of an offense punished by imprisonment of not less than one month and one day and/or a fine of not less than Two Hundred Pesos; and

"(d) who have been once on probation under the provisions of this Decree."

Section 2. Notwithstanding the provision of the Probation Law of 1976, any person sentenced to maximum penalty of six years and one day on January 3, 1978 and thereafter may be placed on probation upon his application therefor with the court of origin. However, such person serving sentence at the effectivity of this Act shall remain in jail pending the approval of his application.

Section 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved: June 13, 1980

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