- The House of Representatives approved the bill seeking to lower age of criminal responsibility to 9
- This includes for crimes with regard to illegal drug
- However, PDEA said that the parents must be held accountable and not the children
Instead of holding children responsible of their criminal activities, most especially in terms of illegal drug use, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said that the parents should be the ones held accountable for tolerating their children.
KAMI learned that PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino aired their side after the House of Representatives recently approved the bill seeking to lower the age of criminal responsibility as young as 9 years old.
“Dapat talagang managot ang mga magulang at iyun ang dapat ikulong, iyung mga magulang na allowing these children to be involved in illegal drug,” Aquino said in a report by Pilipino Star Ngayon.
It has been reported as well that cops were able to arrest a 12 minor students for allegedly selling and using shabu in a drug den in Navotas. These minors are aged 5 to 15 years old.
When PDEA asked the presence of their parents, only one parent came.
In a report by Rappler, Senior Supt. Angela Rejano, chief of Anti-Violence Against Women and Children division of the police's Women and Children Protection Center said that most of the children who committed crimes were from “poor families.”
“Madalang sa upper class [ang CICL]. Mga from the poor families, mga indigent kasi mostly ang nagco-commit ng mga ‘yan (crimes) eh,” Rejano said.
“The government approach should always boil down to [fighting] poverty. That’s really it,” she added.
According to PNP data, children committed crimes involving physical injury with 4,342 cases and 2,394 theft cases.
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