- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has shared her side regarding the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility
- Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns pointed out the “hypocrisy” of Duterte
- They said that they should punish the drug lords and syndicates instead of the children
A children’s right group has called out Davao City Mayor and Presidential daughter Sara Duterte for her “hypocrisy” regarding her side one lowering the age of criminal responsibility and the capability of children of committing crimes.
KAMI learned that Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns has expressed their comment regarding the remark of Duterte that children are capable of committing crimes.
“It is with such hypocrisy that Mayor Sarah and his father opt to punish children while forgetting to punish drug lords and syndicates,” Eule Rico Bonganay of Salinlahi said as reported by Inquirer.
Bonganay said that the government should address poverty first since it is the root cause why there are children in conflict with law.
“We reiterate that children in conflict with the law are victims of poverty and state neglect of rehabilitative services that they (Duterte government) should have provided in the first place,” Bonganay said.
“It is ridiculous when a government official puts all the blame on children and echo a wrong and punitive solution to the problem,” he added.
During the weekend, Duterte has aired her side regarding the critics of lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old through an Instagram post.
“The Madame who said that lowering the age of criminal liability to 12 years old as immoral, unscientific and ineffective is clearly out of touch with reality. This person has not regularly read police reports, have not talked to social welfare workers or has worked on grassroots issues,” Duterte said.
“Eto pa, hindi sila criminal, they are children in conflict with the law. Eh dba its the same banana? Ladies and gentlemen, children are capable of commiting crimes,” she added.
Recently, the House of Representatives has passed in second reading the bill seeking to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 12, instead of 9 which was proposed earlier.
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