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Kiko Pangilinan Clarifies Juvenile Law Amid the Murder Case of Maguad Siblings

Senator Kiko Pangilinan has defended his “Juvenile Law” and clarified its focus after being criticized online due to the murder case of Maguad siblings.

The vice-presidential candidate defended the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, which he championed in Congress, in an appearance on “The Mangahas Interviews.” Pangilinan reacted to the allegations that the syndicates used his law to elude the authorities.

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Some critics claim that the syndicates use juveniles to commit crimes because even if they are arrested, they will be released due to Pangilinan’s law protecting them. However, Pangilinan believes that the law he created was incorrectly implemented.

He went on to say that there is a difficulty with execution and budgeting. He also stated that the government should pursue the syndicates rather than the children, whom he referred to as “victims.”

“Walang problema ‘yung batas, ang problema ay nasa implementasyon at paglalagay ng tamang budget. Ang sinasabi kasi nila,ginagamit daw ng sindikato Lang mga bata]. Eh ‘di habulin ang sindikato, hindi ba? Bakit ang hinahabol iyong bata?” said Pangilinan.

“Wala namang tapang ang mga kabataan na iyan kung walang mga sindikato na sumusuporta sa kanila…Ang problema mas madaling habulin [ang mga bata] kunwari may ginagawa para ikulong itong mga bata.. ang dapat ikinukulong ay ‘yung mga sindikato,” he added.

The senator emphasized that huge syndicates linked to corrupt officers take advantage of the law to carry out their illicit activities. He is likewise opposed to changing the law to reduce the age of ‘criminal culpability.’

“Salungat tayo don, ano ‘yun ipapakulong mo ‘yung grade 3? Maganda lang pakinggan na mayroon kunwari na kamay na bakal pero nakita na natin itong kamay na bakal, limang taon na, nasan na tayo ngayon? Hindi kamay na bakal ang solusyon,” said the senator.

It will be noted that following the murders of Crizzle and Crizville Maguad, requests to amend the Pangilinan Law resurfaced. It was discovered that the killing was carried out by the Maguad family’s underage adopted child.

However, because the suspect was still a kid, he could not be simply locked up. The mother of one of the slain victims warns the public and parents not to underestimate teenagers aged 18 and under because they have the ability to manipulate and destroy nice children.

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