This ongoing move to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) to nine, then later 12, is breaking my heart. I’m a mother and I take my parenting seriously. If I may use the colloquial Pinoy term, “kinareer” ko ang pagiging magulang when I decided to be a full-time homemaker while our sons were very young. All these politico moves to give in to the leader’s whim to lower the MACR to a very young age is devoid of the most basic knowledge in parenting, human behavior and science! Let me make it clear. There is no debate about the need to solve the problem of crimes being committed by minors as young as nine or 12 or even younger. We are all united in this. Before writing this article, I read the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act of 2006 and the proposed amendments of our “honorable” senator and valedictorian of Iskul Bukol University in order to see what we already have and what they want amended. (I’m providing the links below for those … [Read more...] about Seriously, 9 (or 12) years old?
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MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte said he agrees with the House of Representatives' decision to set the age of criminal liability at 12 years old. "Ibinabalik ko 'yung original. Above 9 (years old) below 12, tapos above 12 below 16. 'Yun ang original. Ibinabalik ko lang," he said. (I'm reverting it to its original form. Above 9 years old, below 12 years old, and then above 12 years old, below 16 years old.) "Ang sabi ko ibalik niyo na lang sa dati. Kung ayaw ninyo and you want other, may trajectory kayo na iba, that's OK with me. Twelve OK na." (I told them just revert it to the original. If you don't like it and you have another trajectory, that's OK with me.) Duterte said parents, too, will be held accountable for their children's crimes. "Kasi gusto ko at that age, pati ang parent must be conscious of the criminal accountability already. Ganoong edad pa lang, pukpukin na because they will be ultimately responsible. Sila ang tatamaan. Any violation of law ng bata ngayon at … [Read more...] about News Duterte OK with House decision setting age of criminal liability at 12 years old
House changes proposed age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old (philstar.com) - January 23, 2019 - 5:28pm MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives on Wednesday swiftly approved on second reading the bill that seeks to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility in the country after only two days of plenary deliberations. The bill breezed through the lower house through viva-voce voting. The approved bill now lowers the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 12 years old, instead of nine. The amendment was done last minute at the plenary. Under the controversial House Bill 8858, children as young as 12 years old who commit serious crimes with discernment would be mandatorily confined at Bahay Pag-asa — youth care facilities mandated by law to offer rehabilitation and intervention to children in conflict with the law. The approval of the bill on second reading came … [Read more...] about House changes proposed age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian police were Tuesday (April 24) investigating how a 12-year-old boy managed to fly alone to the Indonesian island of Bali and spend four days at a resort using his parents' credit card. The boy ran away from his Sydney home after a row with his mother, flying first to the Western Australian city of Perth on budget airline Jetstar and then on to Bali, according to commercial broadcaster Channel Nine. "He just doesn't like the word 'no', and that's what I got, a kid in Indonesia," his mother, Emma, told Channel Nine in a programme that aired late Monday. "It's too easy, it's way too easy. There's a problem in our system," she said, calling for tighter controls on air travel by young people. The family had previously visited Bali on holiday and Emma said her son had already tried to book flights there on his own but had been knocked back by airlines because he did not have a letter from her. "We screamed, we begged for help (from Australian authorities) for weeks … [Read more...] about 12-year-old Australian boy uses family credit card to travel to Bali
A female suspect was arrested Thursday following a school shooting in Los Angeles, police said. There are two 15-year-old victims, a boy and a girl, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Two 15-year-olds were shot and a 12-year-old girl was taken into custody following an incident at a Los Angeles middle school on Thursday, police said. The gunshot victims include a boy who was shot in the head and is now in critical but stable condition, and a girl in fair condition who was shot in the wrist, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said at a press conference. Three other victims between the ages of 11 and 30 received minor abrasions from the shooting, mostly due to glass, the officials added. Los Angeles School Police Chief Steve Zipperman told reporters that the 12-year-old girl was a “person of interest” in the investigation. The shooting occurred in a mixed-grade classroom at Los Angeles’ Sal Castro Middle School. … [Read more...] about A 12-year-old girl is in police custody after 2 students were shot at a Los Angeles middle school