Congress to lower age of criminal liability


A bill has been proposed in the House of Representatives that seeks to  lower the age of criminal liability to 12 years old for children in conflict with the law (CICL).
House Bill 3815, or the Protection against Juvenile Criminal Exploitation Act pushed by Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas would lower the age to twelve years old from 15 years old as mandated by Juvenile Welfare and Justice Act authored by Senator Francis Pangilinan.
In Davao City, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a severe critic of the Pangilinan law, had long pushed for amendments to the juvenile act to lower down the age of criminal liability.
Duterte said the Pangilinan law should be blamed for the steep rise in youth hooliganism and juvenile crime.
“We live in dangerous times. Criminals are becoming younger, more cunning, and less concerned about the legal repercussions of their actions. Scoundrels of society have opted to take advantage of the youth,”Treñas said in his introduction to the proposed bill.
Under Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, minors 15 years of age and below are exempted from criminal liability. The law only allows criminal punishment for minors above 15 to below 18 years of age if it is proven that they acted with discernment.
Under HB 3815, any person violating the provisions of the proposed statute, including minors aged 12 and above who acted with discernment, shall be criminally liable.


A shocking 4-minute long video showing a Malaysian woman abusing her eight-month-old baby girl has gone viral in the internet.

The mother had violently hit her helpless child with a pillow, pinched some parts of her body and kicked her.

The incident took place on May 29, 2011 in Petaling Jaya.

The baby’s mother had been arrested on the same day. She was reportedly charged and found guilty under Malaysia’s Child Act of 2001 and is currently serving an 18-month sentence.


Child Abuse Video Goes Viral

Child labor stealing youth from schools

            Child labor is behind high dropout rate in public schools, according to the Department of Education.

            Regional Director Susana Teresita Estigoy said children from poor families drop out of school to work to raise family income.

            The drop-out rate is acute in Compostela Valley where children toil in mining areas and in Davao del Sur with children working in sugar plantations.

            “Child labor remains our biggest problem in making sure that all children go to school as it has been before. Poverty or the socio-economic situation of the family deeply reflects the performance indicators of education,” Estigoy said at the DepEd-organized press conference dubbed Oplan Balik Eskwelahan.

            “We attribute the high drop-out rate to how families have to alleviate themselves from poverty by allowing or making their children get involve in income generating activities by form of labor or even prostitution,” Estigoy said.

            To arrest the alarming drop-out rate, DepEd has launched various programs to lure back the drop-outs, among them “Project Reach,” targeting about 5.6 million out-of-school youth nationwide.

            Project Reach, which means “reaching all children,” targets to increase participation and reduce dropout rates.

            Project Reach has a five-point approach: “Gamit Pang Eskwela Mo, Sagot Ko”; intensive enrollment campaign; “No Child Left Behind” and “No Collection Policy”; enhancing Brigada Eskwela; and the Child Friendly School System, which discourages bullying among others.