Rappler's latest stories on age of criminal responsibility Philippines
In refiling the bill, Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the law should be further amended 'to adapt to changing times'
The actress reiterates her stand to instead fully implement the existing Juvenile Justice Welfare Act
Maybe if we have raised conscientious children with morally upright values, even if the minimum age of criminal responsibility is lower than 12 years old, we won't have anything to fear
Senatorial candidates Neri Colmenares and Sonny Matula both oppose lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility
'The kind of protection that’s needed is the actual and effective implementation of the current Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act'
The beauty queen earlier said the country should instead address the reasons why children commit crimes
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Miss Universe Catriona Gray should not be swayed by administration critics who oppose lowering the age of criminal responsibility
The Filipina beauty queen has worked with and for children in impoverished communities in the past
As lawmakers debate on the MACR they think children deserve, kids continue to be exposed to environments that put them on a collision course with the law
Do our lawmakers know that they are trying to pass a law that would demonize angels? Do they know what they are doing?
Moves to lower the age of criminal liability run counter to the spirit of various Philippine laws which recognize the vulnerability of minors
Anne and Daphne says there is no need in lowering the age from 15 to 12 years old
But there is still a chance for the bill's approval because the 17th Congress is set to resume one last time from May 20 to June 7
'Anong nangyari sa hustisya? Bakit bubwit ang nagdurusa? Sa mga salot at disgrasya na dulot ng mga daga,' says Lolito Go in his parody song
Heated debates are expected as the proposal reaches Senate plenary
Lawmakers are set on having children as young as 12 exposed to the criminal justice system. They ignore years of scientific research and evidence.
Human Rights Watch says such proposal will only expose more Filipino children to a 'broken and debilitating' criminal justice system
Children accused of crimes stay with cops in these rooms while waiting to be turned over to social welfare offices
We're setting them up to fail, punishing them when they do, and leaving them no recourse in a world that's already leaving them voiceless
(UPDATED) A copy obtained by Rappler shows 11 senators have signed the committee report prepared by Senate justice committee chairperson Richard Gordon
After performing for prisoners in New York, it broke my heart when one of them said, 'we have nothing but time'
'The position of DSWD is aligned with the position of the lawmakers,' says Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, adding that emphasis should be on rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law
(UPDATED) Only 34 legislators have said no to the bill that would lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 12 years old
An SWS survey shows majority of those who disagree with jailing minors say minors should be instead placed under the custody of the social welfare department or its local counterparts
'There is no way we can call ourselves a civilized society if we hold children in conflict with the law criminally liable,' says the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines
(UPDATED) Ex-drug addict and syndicate-member-turned-congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr argues for the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility
The lowering of the age of criminal liability is a draconian effort to control and repress the poor – backed by our society’s upper and middle classes
The Department of Justice (DOJ) sends its recommendation to Malacañang, backing the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old
(UPDATED) A congresswoman who rejected House Bill 8858 even plays a part of the song 'Greatest Love of All' to express her opposition to the controversial measure
Impunity is the culture, so syndicates are rewarded and victims are either jailed or killed
The House leadership makes good on its promise to pass yet another pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte
Kailangan nito ng malawak, malalim, sensitibo at matalinong pag-atake sa problema – hindi sinturong lalatay sa balat o martilyong babasag sa bungo ng mga musmos
Child rights' groups including the Council for the Welfare of Children and Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns appeal to senators to focus on the proper implementation of the law instead
The Senate justice committee chairman says this will be a 'win-win' situation as it will help ensure funds from and the cooperation of government agencies
The Concerned Artists of the Philippines says the proposal is 'barbaric, disrespectful of human dignity, ignorant of social conditions on the ground, and entirely unsupported by scientific and scholarly evidence'
'Let us take our children to school. Let us accompany them to God. Let us not bring them to jail,' Villarin says
'Our children are not the criminals here but victims of abuses and exploitation,' says Senator Leila de Lima as she offers her bill as an alternative to the proposed lower age of criminal liability
Here are the major provisions of the controversial bill which is one step away from passing in the House of Representatives
Are Filipinos really comfortable with this? Is this a true sentiment of our people that lawmakers are only faithfully expressing and executing?
The left-leaning lawmakers argue that the last-minute changes to the bill would still 'criminalize' children in conflict with the law
(UPDATED) The House passes the controversial measure on second reading after spending only two session days for the plenary debates
House minority lawmakers argue that the proposed bill does not address the reasons why children break the law in the first place
'If we’re going to be bringing up children inside a kulungan (prison), what kind of future do we expect?” asks Christine Sevilla of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates
House committee on justice chair Salvador Leachon admits this, but argues this is why the bill lowering the minimum criminal liability age should be passed
Senate justice committee chair Richard Gordon says he would grant President Rodrigo Duterte's wish to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old
Netizens believe that jail is not the place for 9-year-old children to learn from their mistakes
'It is unacceptable to tag a child as a criminal as if we adults and this society have no accountability for their action.'
(UPDATED) Only Agusan del Norte 1st District Representative Lawrence Fortun and Agri Representative Orestes Salon vote against the controversial bill
The petition, started by Child’s Right Network and the Philippine Action for Youth Offenders, asks Congress to withdraw the bill seen as a threat to children's rights
The group says it's ironic that the bill is being backed by the same person who signed the JWWA into law – Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo