Child rights group to Congress on age of criminal liability: Why the turnaround?
Back in 2006, Congress passed what would become Republic Act No. 934 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (JJWA) that set the minimum age of criminal liability at 15 years old. It was signed into law by former president and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
In a statement issued Monday, January 21, Child Rights Network (CRN) asked Congress about its turnaround when it passed the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility. It pointed out that this new bill is being backed by the same person who signed the JJWA into law.
“We remember how, just in recent months, significant progress has already been achieved after discussions with Justice committee members. Discussions on the minimum age of criminal responsibility in recent months have already shifted to the strengthening of the implementation of the JJWA. Now, we beg to ask: what happened Congress?” CRN said in its statement.
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