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Sotto refiles bill lowering age of criminal liability

Jul 01, 2019 - 4:08 PM

In refiling the bill, Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the law should be further amended 'to adapt to changing times'

NO TO LOWER MINIMUM AGE. Children'€™s advocates and other groups hold a protest at the main gate of the Senate on January 25, 2019. They are against the bill seeking to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 12 years old. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Anne Curtis continues to speak up against lowering the age of criminal responsibility

May 22, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The actress reiterates her stand to instead fully implement the existing Juvenile Justice Welfare Act

CHILDREN NOT CRIMINALS. Anne Curtis speaks out once more against the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Screenshot from Instagram.com/annecurtissmith

[OPINION] I'm for lowering the minimum age of criminal liability

Apr 03, 2019 - 4:11 PM

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

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Go after syndicates, not children in conflict with the law – Colmenares

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Senatorial candidates Neri Colmenares and Sonny Matula both oppose lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility

NO TO LOWERING MACR. Leftist leader Neri Colmenares is against lowering the minimum criminal liability age. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Why lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility is false compromise

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:44 AM

'The kind of protection that’s needed is the actual and effective implementation of the current Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act'

Child Rights Network: Catriona Gray speaks more sense than Panelo on criminal liability age

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:43 AM

The beauty queen earlier said the country should instead address the reasons why children commit crimes

MISS UNIVERSE. Catriona Gray attends her homecomin parade on February 22. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Panelo says Catriona Gray may be 'misinformed' about bill on criminal liability age

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Miss Universe Catriona Gray should not be swayed by administration critics who oppose lowering the age of criminal responsibility

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Think twice about lowering age of criminal responsibility – Catriona Gray

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:41 PM

The Filipina beauty queen has worked with and for children in impoverished communities in the past

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray of the Philippines poses for photos during a press conference in Manila on February 20, 2019. - A parade in Gray's honour will be held in Manila on February 21. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Children in conflict with the law: On finding hope and fighting fate

Feb 16, 2019 - 1:21 PM

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

[OPINION] Don't terrorize children

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Do our lawmakers know that they are trying to pass a law that would demonize angels? Do they know what they are doing?

Lowering age of criminal liability contradicts laws protecting children

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Moves to lower the age of criminal liability run counter to the spirit of various Philippine laws which recognize the vulnerability of minors

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Anne Curtis, Daphne Oseña-Paez on lowering age of criminal responsibility: Make current law work

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Anne and Daphne says there is no need in lowering the age from 15 to 12 years old

No time for Congress to pass bill on age of criminal liability before polls

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:30 PM

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

Children’s advocates and other anti-MACR (Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility) groups hold protest at the main gate of the senate on Friday, January 25, 2019. They are protesting on the lowering of age of criminal liabilities from 15 years old to 9 or 12 years old. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Goin’ Bilibid:' Netizen hits bill lowering age of criminal responsibility

Feb 04, 2019 - 8:34 PM

'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

Sotto hits critics: Lowering minimum age of criminal liability is 'pro-poor'

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Heated debates are expected as the proposal reaches Senate plenary

Senate President Vicente Sotto III at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Health. Nov. 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why experts strongly oppose lowering the age of criminal responsibility

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Lawmakers are set on having children as young as 12 exposed to the criminal justice system. They ignore years of scientific research and evidence.

Watchdog to PH: Don't lower age of criminal responsibility

Feb 03, 2019 - 3:57 PM

Human Rights Watch says such proposal will only expose more Filipino children to a 'broken and debilitating' criminal justice system

PROTECT CHILDREN. Child rights defenders hold a protest action as the House of Representatives debated on proposed legislation to lower the minimum age criminal responsibilty of children. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The pink rooms where cops keep children accused of crimes

Feb 02, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Children accused of crimes stay with cops in these rooms while waiting to be turned over to social welfare offices

SMALL ROOM. The pink room of the Anonas police station only fits two desks for two cops working at a time. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[OPINION] The duty of the conscious grown-up

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:24 PM

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

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LOOK: Senate committees recommend 12 years old as minimum age of criminal liability

Jan 30, 2019 - 9:13 PM

(UPDATED) A copy obtained by Rappler shows 11 senators have signed the committee report prepared by Senate justice committee chairperson Richard Gordon

Children’s advocates and other anti-MACR (Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility) groups hold protest at the main gate of the senate on Friday, January 25, 2019. They are protesting on the lowering of age of criminal liabilities from 15 years old to 9 or 12 years old. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] 'We have to stand up for the children'

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:18 PM

After performing for prisoners in New York, it broke my heart when one of them said, 'we have nothing but time'

DSWD backs lowering criminal liability age to 12

Jan 30, 2019 - 3:18 PM

'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

VULNERABLE. Children's rights groups warned lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility would leave more kids vulnerable to gaps in the juvenile justice system. Photo from Shutterstock

LIST: How the House voted on lowering criminal liability age

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(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

LOWERING MACR. The House of Representatives approved HB 8858 on 3rd and final reading on January 28, 2019.

Majority of Filipinos want 15 as minimum age of criminal liability – SWS survey

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:38 PM

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

Children’s advocates and other anti-MACR (Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility) groups hold protest at the main gate of the senate on Friday, January 25, 2019. They are protesting on the lowering of age of criminal liabilities from 15 years old to 9 or 12 years old. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH not civilized if kids treated as criminals – CBCP

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'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

CBCP OFFICIALS. Officials of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines led by its president, Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center), hold a press conference after the CBCP's 118th plenary assembly in Manila. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

What do taking 1st Communion and committing crime have in common?

Jan 29, 2019 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Ex-drug addict and syndicate-member-turned-congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr argues for the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility

WRONG ANALOGY? Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr thinks the First Communion is comparable to lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Screenshot from HOR's YouTube account

[OPINION] A class war masquerading as a war on crime

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:52 AM

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

Guevarra on sending away 12 year olds for drugs: Better sheltered than on streets

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The Department of Justice (DOJ) sends its recommendation to Malacañang, backing the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old

JUVENILA JUSTICE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra backs the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lowering criminal liability age breaks Filipino core values – lawmakers

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

(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

'CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE.' Nueva Ecija 3rd District Representative Rosanna Vergara plays a Whitney Houston song to explain her no vote for HB 8858. Screenshot from the HOR's YouTube account

[OPINION] The real syndicate behind lowering criminal liability age

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Impunity is the culture, so syndicates are rewarded and victims are either jailed or killed

House lowers minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:39 PM

The House leadership makes good on its promise to pass yet another pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE'S PET BILL. Lawmakers are in favor of lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Sagipin natin ang mga bata

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:01 AM

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

Rights groups protest outside Senate vs lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:08 PM

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

Children'€™s advocates and other anti-MACR (Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility) groups hold protest at the main gate of the senate on Friday, January 25, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Despite experts' warning, Gordon to push for 12 years as minimum age of criminal liability

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:32 PM

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

SENATE HEARING. Senator Richard Gordon presides the senate hearing on lowering the age of criminality, January 2, 2019. Photo by Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Philippine artists' group opposes lowering of age of criminal responsibility

Jan 25, 2019 - 3:20 PM

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'

CONCERNED ARTISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES. The artists group voices out against the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility. Screenshot from Facebook.com/artistangbayan

Ateneo president on age of criminal liability: ‘No need for changes, strengthen the law’

Jan 25, 2019 - 2:15 PM

'Let us take our children to school. Let us accompany them to God. Let us not bring them to jail,' Villarin says

De Lima: Jail criminal syndicates, abusive parents not kids

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:16 AM

'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

'KIDS DON'T BELONG IN JAI'L. Child welfare advocates hold a protest at the main gate of the Senate on January 25, 2019, as senators hold a hearing on the bill to lower the age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 9 or 12 years old. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Highlights of House bill lowering criminal liability age to 12

Jan 24, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Here are the major provisions of the controversial bill which is one step away from passing in the House of Representatives

BILL HIGHLIGHTS. The House of Representatives wants to lower the criminal liability age to 12 years old.

[ANALYSIS] Why jailing kids is not just cruel, it’s stupid too

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Are Filipinos really comfortable with this? Is this a true sentiment of our people that lawmakers are only faithfully expressing and executing?

Lowering criminal liability age to 12 'still attacks children' – Makabayan

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The left-leaning lawmakers argue that the last-minute changes to the bill would still 'criminalize' children in conflict with the law

INDIGNATION RALLY. From L to R: Makabayan bloc Representatives Carlos Zarate, Sarah Elago, Emmi de Jesus, Antonio Tinio, Arlene Brosas, and Ariel Casilao. Photo from Makabayan

House changes proposed minimum criminal liability age from 9 to 12 years old

Jan 23, 2019 - 5:11 PM

(UPDATED) The House passes the controversial measure on second reading after spending only two session days for the plenary debates

ONE READING AWAY. The House of Representatives approves on 2nd reading the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lowering criminal liability age ‘scapegoat’ for failing justice system

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:06 PM

House minority lawmakers argue that the proposed bill does not address the reasons why children break the law in the first place

CHILDREN AS SCAPEGOATS? Rehabilitation centers for children in conflict with the law have poor to inhumane conditions. File photo by Rappler

Rights groups hit lack of facilities for children in conflict with the law

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:37 AM

'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

PROTEST. Different child rights groups belonging to the Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns oppose the newly amended law lowering the minimum criminal responsibility from age 15 years old to 9 years old. They hit the legislators who approved the amendment of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act for using the children to advance their political interests. The press conference was held at the Commission on Human Rights headquarters in Quezon City. January 22, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Gov’t lacks support staff, youth centers to rehab children – lawmakers

Jan 22, 2019 - 7:08 PM

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

OPPOSITION. Bukidnon 3rd District Representative Manuel Zubiri opposes the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility on January 22, 2019. Screenshot from the HOR's YouTube account

Gordon eyes passage of bill lowering age of criminal liability by June

Jan 22, 2019 - 6:29 PM

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

Senator Richard Gordon presides the senate hearing on lowering the age of criminality, January 2, 2019. Photo by Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Why target kids? Jail corrupt officials first, netizens tell lawmakers

Jan 22, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Netizens believe that jail is not the place for 9-year-old children to learn from their mistakes

[OPINION] Criminalization is not what we owe our children

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:46 AM

'It is unacceptable to tag a child as a criminal as if we adults and this society have no accountability for their action.'

LIST: How the House justice panel voted on lowering criminal liability age

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:19 AM

(UPDATED) Only Agusan del Norte 1st District Representative Lawrence Fortun and Agri Representative Orestes Salon vote against the controversial bill

HOW THEY VOTED. The House committee on justice tackles the bill lowering the criminal liability age on January 21, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Change.org petition: ‘No to lowering age of criminal responsibility’

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:46 PM

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

PETITION. Rights groups started a petition asking the Philippine Congress to withdraw its bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 9 years old.

Child rights group to Congress on age of criminal liability: Why the turnaround?

Jan 21, 2019 - 4:48 PM

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