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Netizen Explains Bill Proposing 9 Years Old As the Minimum Age of Criminal Liability

CRIMINAL LIABILITY – A netizen explained the bill proposing 9 years old as the minimum age of criminal responsibility in the Philippines.

One of the controversial topics on the surface now is the passing of the bill lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 9 years old. It recently gained the approval of the House Panel.

The bill lowering the age of criminal responsibility reportedly gained the panel’s approval with the help of former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Currently, under the implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 or Republic Act No. 9344 authored by Senator Francis Pangilinan, offenders who are 15 years old and below are exempted from criminal liabilities.

House of Representatives
Photo lifted from The Philippine Star

The House panel’s approval of the bill proposing 9 years old as the minimum age of criminal liability in the Philippines gained different reactions from the people.

Some are in favor of it to avoid the children from being used by the adults in their bad motives since children can’t be jailed while others are against the proposal.

Recently, a netizen behind the Facebook username “Joven Geronimo”, through a post, explained the bill proposing 9 years old as the minimum age of criminal liability in PH.

According to the netizen, children in conflict with the law who are 9 years old and below are “absolutely exempted from criminal responsibility”.

He stated any child in conflict with the law who is between 9 years old and one day and 18 years old may also be exempted from criminal responsibility if proven that the act was done without discernment.

On the other side, it the child acted with discernment, he or she will be put under an intervention program and as well as his or her parents.

In his post, Joven Geronimo also stressed that there are limited cases and the children who are proven guilty of being in conflict with the law won’t be punished by lifetime imprisonment.

Here is the full post of the netizen:

Joven Geronimo
Joven Geronimo
Joven Geronimo

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