[Statement] DISCARD this bill on lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility! -BALAOD MINDANAW

BALAOD Mindanaw, Inc. is deeply distraught by the decision of the House of Representatives – Committee Level approving the bill on lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 9 years old! We reiterate our stand that this bill is not the solution to the increasing crime rate in the Philippines! This bill further exposes the Filipino children to more abuse and exploitation as opposed to what the majority of these lawmakers make themselves believe!

IT DOES NOT IN ANY WAY PROTECT OUR CHILDREN!

The approval of this bill in the lower house is not just alarming but severely disturbing that our legislators seems to deliberately disregard the true essence of their constitutional mandate of serving and protecting the life, liberty, and property of its people. They continuously pass a number of laws and propose bills that does not in any way promote social justice, value the dignity of every human person, and/or guarantee full respect for human rights.

Our 1987 Philippine Constitution provides that our beloved country is a democratic and a republican state. Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from the people. Now, we appeal to the sovereign public to join us in urging the legislators to stop showing their disdain to our Filipino children!

We call on the Congress to listen to our cry!

DISCARD this bill on lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility!

Propose a bill and approve a law focusing on the forceful strengthening of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act instead!

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