House Panel Approves Lowering the Age of Criminal Liability
LOWERING AGE OF CRIMINAL LIABILITY APPROVED – The House panel approved the bill seeking for a lower age of criminal liability in the Philippines.
The setting down of the age of criminal liability in the Philippines is one of the topics that gather different views since before. There are those who are in favor of it, while others are against it.
Under the Republic Act No. 9344 or otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, the age of criminal liability was initially set at 15 years old before certain amendments happen.
Recently, in the House of Representatives, a bill seeking for the lowering age of criminal liability was approved by the House Justice Committee.
Based on a report on CNN, with the 9-1 voting, the lowering of the age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 9 years old is approved.
The approval was done with the help of former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
According to House Justice Committee chair Oriental Mindoro 1st District Rep. Doy Leachon, it is really the time to pass the bill for the protection of the young ones from being used for ill motives.
The Representative also expressed that under the bill, the offenders would be called “children in conflict with the law”.
Based on the report, the only representative who is not in favor of the measure was Agusan del Norte 1st District Rep. Lawrence Fortun.
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