Rappler's latest stories on age of criminal responsibility in the Philippines
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
Unicef Philippines says it is deeply concerned about the bill, describing it as 'an act of violence against children'
Senate bills are pushing for a slightly higher minimum age, 12 years old, than the House of Representatives' proposal of 9 years old
Senate President Vicente Sotto III also proposes detention in youth care facilities for children over the age of 9 who commit serious crimes
'There are still a lot of misconceptions of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act – that the child always gets away with whatever crime he or she does but its not true,' says Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council policy and research officer Jackielou Bagadiong