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[In the news] Jailing kids no answer to rising criminality, says DSWD exec -INQUIRER.net

Jailing kids no answer to rising criminality, says DSWD exec.

Leila B. Salaverria, Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 23, 2012

The Philippines will not solve the problem of rising criminality by sending more children to jail.

The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) has opposed a House bill seeking to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility to over 12 years old.

The House of Representatives on Monday passed on second reading House Bill 6052, which would allow the criminal prosecution of children who are just over 12 if they had acted with discernment.

The bill seeks to amend the Juvenile Justice Law, or Republic Act No. 9344, which states that children 15 years old or younger are exempted from criminal liability.

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[In the news] Cops working with Congress on ‘hamog’ boys – www.gmanews.tv

Cops working with Congress on ‘hamog’ boys

Amid a recent streak of crimes involving minors, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is working with Congress on the proposal to lower the age at which young criminal offenders or the so-called “hamog boys” can be charged.

PNP chief Deputy Director General Nicanor Bartolome said they are studying several bills recommending different ages at which juvenile offenders can be subjected to criminal charges.

“Tayo ay nakikipagugnayan sa Kongreso lalo sa pagpapababa ng edad kung saan pwede makasuhan. Kung bata, ayon sa ating batas, hindi pwede kasuhan yan,” he said in an interview on dwIZ radio.

Bartolome said there are several pending bills in Congress that are seeking to lower the age of criminal liability.

“Sa Kongreso may proposal doon na ibaba ito sa 15 taon, meron nga 12; iba-iba ang panukala,” he added.

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[In the news] Archbishop supports calls to amend juvenile law- www.cathnewsphil.com

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma supports calls from various sectors to review the provisions of the law that exempts a child who committed a crime at age 15 or below from criminal liability.

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He said Thursday a review has implications of the social situation of the community, and that the Church is ready to assist the family members affected by the violence.

That Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 has become more of a bane than a boon to law enforcement agencies has been raised because of children getting away with serious or heinous crimes.

In Naga City, Cebu, a 16-year-old boy killed his pregnant mother and five-year-old half-sister reportedly because he was angry at his mother for not giving him money and he was jealous of his sister.

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