Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:37:48 +0000
SENATORS on Tuesday expressed opposition to an approved measure at the House of Representatives to lower the age of criminal liability for minors, saying that a nine-year old offender is too young to have a criminal liability.
This sentiment surfaced during a public hearing by the Senate justice committee, headed by Sen. Richard Gordon who said that he could not support a measure that would put a 9-year-old in a detention cell or even a rehabilitation facility.
The House committee on justice on Monday approved an amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act, lowering the age of criminal liability to 9 from 15.
Gordon hinted, however, that he would likely support the passage of a bill filed by Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd seeking to lower the age of criminal liability to 12, instead of 9 as provided for under the present Juvenile Justice Act. JAVIER JOE ISMAEL
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