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[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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Senate bets agree: Bahay Pag-Asa funding needed for children in conflict with law

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:52 AM

Senatorial candidates are divided on the proposal to lower the minimum age of criminal liability

WRONG MOVE. Human Rights Watch urges lawmakers in the Philippines to reject proposals to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old.

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

Drilon: Build youth centers first before lowering age of criminal responsibility

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:51 PM

‘The problems lie in the implementation of the law and that is what the amendments should focus on,’ says Senator Franklin Drilon

JUVELINE JUSTICE. Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon says Congress should focus on improving the implementation of the current Juvenile Justice Law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: January 19-25, 2019

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PROTEST. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne and showing fake injuries take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Lille, France, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

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

[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.'

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

5 opposition bets vs lowering of age of criminal liability

Jan 21, 2019 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) Senatorial candidates Chel Diokno, Bam Aquino, Gary Alejano, Florin Hilbay, and Erin Tañada oppose proposals to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility

[OPINION] Children's rights pay the price for political gain

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'Pushing for a bill that no rational legislator will bother to even pay attention tantamount to bartering the future of Filipino children for personal, political goals.'

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Arroyo supports lowering age of criminal liability to 9 years old

Jan 19, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reiterates it opposes the measure, saying crime syndicates and persons who exploit children should be the one punished instead

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May 24, 2017 - 12:25 AM

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House subpanel approves bill retaining 15 as criminal responsibility age

May 23, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The measure proposes stiffer penalties for parents and syndicates using children to commit crimes while focusing on the improved rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law

APPROVED. The House subcommittee on correctional reforms gives its nod to the bill maintaining 15 as the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on minimum age of criminal liability

May 23, 2017 - 9:42 AM

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House subpanel to ditch proposal lowering criminal responsibility age

May 22, 2017 - 1:50 PM

After months long consultations Representative Ron Salo says the subpanel on correctional reforms will instead propose amendments strengthening the existing Juvenile Justice Act of 2006

HOPE STILL ALIVE? Some rehabilitation centers for child offenders have poor to inhumane conditions. File photo by Rappler

House children's welfare panel chair backs lowering criminal liability age

May 08, 2017 - 2:20 PM

But Representative Divina Grace Yu says the stand of the majority of her committee members will trump her personal view on the controversial bill

MAJORITY LAWMAKERS. Representatives Jose Panganiban Jr and Divina Grace Yu hold a press conference at the House on May 8. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Congress sets aside death penalty, age of criminal responsibility

May 03, 2017 - 6:05 PM

UPDATED House justice panel chairperson Reynaldo Umali says the controversial bills will be taking the back burner with his committee expected to tackle impeachment complaints

As chair of the House justice committee, Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative Reynaldo Umali will be at the forefront of the pending impeachment proceedings at the House. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte talks to kids about 'generations' of criminals

Apr 03, 2017 - 6:12 PM

The President blasts the Pangilinan Law which puts the age of criminal responsibility at 15 and pushes for lowering it to 9

President Rodrigo Duterte President during his formal investiture as Chief Scout of the Boy Scout of the Philippines at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

'No conflict' between corporal punishment ban, lowering criminal liability age – lawmakers

Feb 27, 2017 - 2:35 PM

While a House panel approved a measure prohibiting the corporal punishment of children another committee is expected to pass a measure lowering the criminal responsibility age for youth offenders

'NO CONFLICT.' Representatives Reynaldo Umali, Gwendolyn Garcia, and Estrellita Suansing hold a press conference on February 27. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cabinet told: Attend House hearings on Duterte's pet bills

Feb 22, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says critics of President Rodrigo Duterte s priority bills may use the Cabinet officials absence to argue against the passage of the measures

THE PRESIDENT'S MEN. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says Cabinet officials, as alter egos of President Rodrigo Duterte, should be supporting the latter's legislative agenda. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lower age of criminal liability? Here's why psychologists are against it

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The label of criminal shapes [children s] sense of self and makes it likely that they will imbibe a criminal identity says developmental psychologist Liane Peña Alampay

House leaders 'doing a Kellyanne Conway' on age of criminal liability

Feb 16, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Many of the House leadership are doing the Kellyanne Conway approach: non responsive absurd walang data not resorting to hard evidence yan ang status ngayon [ng bill] says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

OPPOSITION. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (2-L) joins other advocates as they replace the image of a child behind bars with an image of a happy child. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

Alvarez to Cabinet: Against lower age of criminal responsibility? Then resign

Feb 01, 2017 - 3:37 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Cabinet secretaries are alter egos of President Rodrigo Duterte and should therefore share the same views as him

WARNING TO CABINET. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the minimum age of criminal responsibility to be lowered from 15 to 9 years old. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Congressmen seek compromise: 12 as age of criminal responsibility

Jan 25, 2017 - 9:41 PM

UPDATED In a meeting between agency representatives and congressmen it becomes apparent that most executive offices are against classifying offenders as young as 9 as criminals

REHABILITATION. Children inside the Yakap-Bata Holding Center in Caloocan City talk with social workers. Rappler file photo

Alvarez expects ‘passionate’ debates on controversial House bills

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:32 PM

The Speaker enumerates President Rodrigo Duterte s 4 priority bills among them the reimposition of the death penalty

EXPECT DEBATES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers his New Year's message at the reopening of the 17th Congress' session on January 16. Screengrab from

Passage of death penalty, criminal liability age bills eyed in June

Jan 16, 2017 - 2:30 PM

House justice panel chair Reynaldo Umali urges the public to continue raising their concerns on the two controversial bills so lawmakers may consider them before they vote on the measures

THE CHAIRMAN. House committee on justice chairperson Reynaldo Umali faces the media on January 16. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

17th Congress bids 2016 goodbye with 2 laws passed

Dec 15, 2016 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED In 6 months Congress passes 2 laws: postponement of the barangay elections and the P3 35 trillion 2017 budget

ADJOURNED. The 17th Congress closes session for the year on December 14.

Alvarez on Church opposition to death penalty: 'Why protect evil?'

Dec 14, 2016 - 5:32 PM

We are not talking about ordinary crimes These are heinous crimes – crimes that are difficult to imagine being committed by a human being against another human being says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

PRO-DEATH PENALTY. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is a co-author of the measure seeking to reimpose the capital punishment for heinous crimes in the Philippines. Photo by Rappler

DSWD chief: Lower age of criminal liability 'anti-poor,' won't curb crime

Nov 16, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Pro child advocates say the proposal treats children in conflict with the law as criminals not victims

CRACKS IN THE LAW. Should the age of criminal responsibility be lowered? President Rodrigo Duterte says so but social workers and pro-child groups oppose the call.

The pet bills of President Duterte

Aug 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Duterte did not mention in his first SONA two bills that his top allies in the 17th Congress declared they would prioritize: the reimposition of the death penalty and the lowering to 15 years the minimum age of criminal responsibility

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address, as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listen. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Alvarez to PDP-Laban lawmakers: Bring back trust in Congress

Jul 22, 2016 - 8:02 PM

In the Pulse Asia survey released on April 4 the House of Representatives registered the lowest approval rating top government institutions

THE SPEAKER AND SENATE PRESIDENT. Presumptive House Speaker Bebot Alvarez and incoming Senate President Koko Pimentel, PDP-Laban stalwarts, are expected to take the reins at the 17th Congress. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez to Pangilinan, Aquino: Bill seeks to rehabilitate child offenders

Jul 09, 2016 - 3:44 PM

Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Bebot Alvarez says House Bill No 2 seeks to prevent the exploitation of young Filipinos by criminal syndicates

CLARIFICATION. Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Bebot Alvarez defends his bill after Senators Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino issued warnings against it.

Congressmen want 9-year-old kids charged for crimes

Jul 06, 2016 - 4:24 PM

UPDATED Davao del Norte 1st district s Pantaleon Alvarez and Capiz 2nd district s Fredenil Castro file an accompanying bill seeking to restore the death penalty

YOUNGER CRIMINALS? Two lawmakers are pushing to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9 years old. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP