Villar files bill seeking to create DNA Databank

By , on February 6, 2015


MANILA — In order to help expedite the resolution and investigation of criminal cases, Las Pinas City Rep. Mark A. Villar filed a bill creating a Forensic DNA Databank.

Villar said that the advancement of science has made it possible to identify any type of organism by the examination of DNA. These developments can greatly improve the criminal justice system in the country.

House Bill 5372 penned by Villar also explains “the totality of an individual’s DNA is unique for the individual, except identical twins.”

“First world countries have already acknowledged the vitality of DNA technology in ensuring accuracy in the justice system. I don’t see why our country should not do the same,” says Villar in his explanatory note.

The young solon says that the country’s archaic rules do not support DNA as a means of identifying the perpetrator or the victim in a crime. He adds that the outdated rules have hampered the status of evidence gathering.

The bill seeks to create a DNA Databank, which will maintain DNA samples, conduct forensic analysis for purposes of human identification, and other information that will aid the criminal justice system.

Aside from improving the criminal justice system by matching DNA samples left at the crime scene with DNA samples of suspects, another purpose of the Forensic DNA Databank is to aid the recovery and identification of human remains from disasters and calamities. Moreover, DNA technology can help clear those who were wrongfully charged of a crime.