Proposed criminal responsibility to be lowered by Congress

From 15 years old down to 9 years of age

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez proposes to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to only 9 years of age.

Lowering the age of criminal responsibility from fifteen (15) years old to nine (9) years old is still higher compared to Singapore and the United States, said Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

According to the Speaker in an interview over dzMM yesterday., since there had been many reports that criminal gangs are using children as runners for their illegal drug transactions, “It would be best to return this to the original provision of nine (9) years old under our Revised Penal Code”.

With the President’s promise to intensify the crackdown on drugs and substantially reduce criminality in the country.  He earlier asked Congress to lower the age of criminal responsibility. “The common complaints received from law enforcers when we traveled all over the country during the campaign was that they cannot arrest these minors who are in conflict with the law. Worse, these minors even bring with them their birth certificates,” Alvarez explained.

Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Sen. Francis Pangilinan raised the age of criminal responsibility to 15 when the amendments to the Juvenile Justice System and Welfare Act were being tackled in 2013.

This time, Alvarez filed a bill aimed at amending the “Pangilinan Law” to bring back the age of criminal responsibility to nine (9).


Source: Yahoo News