MANILA, Philippines – The approval of the bill amending the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 hit a snag on Monday at the bicameral conference committee level after a member of the House panel insisted on a version reducing the age coverage of offenders to 12.
”The House would like to reduce (from 15 years old) to 12 for all offenses. So that’s the problem. Other provisions? I think we have all agreed,” Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, a member of Senate panel to the bicam, said in media interview.
Pangilinan, one of the authors of the Senate version (Senate Bill 3324), said the Senate panel had proposed to maintain the minium age to 15 but with mandatory and involuntary confinement process under the Department of Social and Welfare Development if the offender committed serious offenses.
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