CHR chair opposes lowering "age of criminal liability" to 9 years old

The recent spate of crimes involving minors-such as the "bukas-taxi" kids along EDSA or the "batang hamog" gang who attack motorists-sparked calls to lower the age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 9 years old. However, ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Loretta Ann "Etta" Rosales said that she is "definitely against it."

The recent spate of crimes involving minors-such as the "bukas-taxi" kids along EDSA or the "batang hamog" gang who attack motorists-sparked calls to lower the age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 9 years old. However, ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Loretta Ann "Etta" Rosales said that she is "definitely against it."

 

Under the law, a person who is 15 years of age or younger at the time of the commission of the offense is not considered criminally liable. Rosales emphasized that lowering the age of criminal liability is not the solution to lessen crimes. She said, "Problema ’yan ng environment. Problema ’yan ng inability of our flawed criminal justice system to be able address these questions. Do not blame the child and do not blame the law. It is the state’s responsibility to create an environment, in order to make sure that the laws that are passed or enforced fully to the hilt."

 

According to the ABS-CBNNews.com report, the bukas-taxi and batang hamog members were arrested. But since they couldn’t be prosecuted, they were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), who then turns them over to the parents.

 

For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBNNews.com.

 

 

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