- Senate President Tito Sotto wants to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 13 from 15
- This Senate bill will be protecting the innocence of the youth
- However, children who committed a crime aging 10 to 12 y/o will be deemed as neglected children
Another Senate bill has been filed by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III. Senate Bill 2026 seeks to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 13 years old.
KAMI has learned that Tito Sotto wants to put an end to those syndicates violating the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (RA 9344) who are exploiting minors to be involved in their criminal acts.
“Not only was the law abused by criminals but the innocence of these youngsters were deliberately taken from them,” said by Sotto as reported by GMA News.
As mandated by law, children below 15 years old are not held liable for their involvement in criminal activities. However, Sotto thinks this is high even for international standards.
Therefore, in Senate Bill 2026 it states that children below 18 years old but older than 12 at the time of committing the crime will be held liable for their act but are entitled for due process.
For crimes like murder, kidnaping, homicide, parricide and infanticide, children from 10 to 12 years old will be deemed as ‘neglected’ children as declared in Presidential Decree 603 or Child and Youth Welfare Code. These children will be held in a youth care facility or in Bahay Pag-asa.
Sotto cited a study by Child Rights International Network, saying that Asia and Africa have an average of criminal responsibility of 11, while United States and Europe have 13.
In a previous report by KAMI, Sotto wants to abolish the taxes on books and other publication materials.
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