House approves bill lowering age of ‘social responsibility’ to 12

The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a proposed bill lowering the minimum “age of social responsibility” from 15 years to 12 years old. House Bill 8858, otherwise known as An Act Expanding the Scope … Continue reading House approves bill lowering age of ‘social responsibility’ to 12

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House panel OKs bill lowering age of criminal liability

FROM 15 TO 9 The House Committee on Justice approved on Monday a bill lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 to nine years old, which amends Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006. … Continue reading House panel OKs bill lowering age of criminal liability

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Bill seeks to lower age of criminal liability

MANILA – A senior administration lawmaker is seeking to lower the age of criminal liability to 12 years old for children who are found to be part of street gangs. “We live in dangerous times. Criminals are becoming younger, more cunning, and less concerned about the legal repercussions of their actions. Scoundrels of society have opted to take advantage of the youth,” Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas said as he pushed for the passage of House Bill 3815, the Protection against Juvenile Criminal Exploitation Act. He said minors have been recruited to join criminal juvenile organizations (CJOs) under the guise of being … Continue reading Bill seeks to lower age of criminal liability

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UPHOLD AND PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF FILIPINO CHILDREN

STATEMENT 29 June 2012 The NDFP-Mindanao fully affirms the NDFP Declaration and Program of Action for the Rights, Protection and Welfare of Children. We reiterate our commitment to defend and promote the rights, interests and welfare of Filipino children, which are fully integrated into the social program of the people’s democratic revolution with a socialist perspective.  Ensuring the future of our children is one fundamental reason why we are waging a people’s war.  We want to create a society where all children can be provided the basic necessities like education, food, clothing, a home, and all the opportunities needed to … Continue reading UPHOLD AND PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF FILIPINO CHILDREN

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DUTERTE says police can handle gang riots but wary of juvenile justice law

    Policemen can handle street youth gang riots but are afraid they could run head-on with the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act and laws on children’s rights if they manhandle the rioters to break the fight. inFRONTPAGE PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO. 87, Nov 28-Dec. 04, 2011 The act authored by Senator Francis Pangilinan provides a wide array of provisions for youth offenders. Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte assured police can handle the riots but are careful about being charged  for child abuse if they cause injuries to the youth. He said youth gangs are violent and could resist arrest. … Continue reading DUTERTE says police can handle gang riots but wary of juvenile justice law

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P10M Davao City rehabilitation center for minors in crime

    The Davao City government is building a P10 million rehabilitation facility for minor children in conflict with the law. To rise on a 7000 square meter city government property in Bago Oshiro in Tugbok district, the facility would have a full staff of doctors, psychologists and social workers to attend to the rehabilitation of minor offenders charged with serious crimes, said Maria Luisa Bermudo, head of the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO). The facility answers to rehabilitation facilities for minors involved in crimes  mandated on local government units by the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act. Under the … Continue reading P10M Davao City rehabilitation center for minors in crime

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Giving teeth to the juvenile justice law

Editorial BY ROGER M. BALANZA ALSO READ: PANGILINAN’S JUVENILE JUSTICE LAW ALSO READ: Davao City’s Duterte crucifies Senator Pangilinan anew over Juvenile Justice Act ALSO READ: Juvenile killers | DURIANBURGDAVAO Mindanao Newsblog The much-maligned Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act or Republic Act 9344, crucified for its alleged faults and for being a helpless tool to curb juvenile crime–actually the bottom line of its intent–is growing fangs in Davao City. Much of the faults heaped on RA 9344 is its provisions mandating local governments, police and social welfare agencies to establish institutions that would promote juvenile justice and at the same time protect … Continue reading Giving teeth to the juvenile justice law

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Duterte likens self to crucified Jesus Christ

by ROGER M. BALANZA Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte laughed off complaints against the purported Latigo Gang lashing with a whip or battering with a stick to drive them home, errant kids violating curfew hours, saying the minors were luckier. In my time, when I was younger, I was like a crucified Jesus Christ, my arms spread and kneeling before an altar for many hours, he said at the Gikan sa Masa para sa Masa Sunday television program on ABS/CBN-Davao. He said he gets the punishment everytime he goes astray, from his mother Soledad “Soleng”Duterte, who he admits is … Continue reading Duterte likens self to crucified Jesus Christ

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PANGILINAN’S JUVENILE JUSTICE LAW

Saving the wayward youth by ROGER M. BALANZA DAVAO CITY Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s recent call on police to stay away from youth gangs armed with deadly weapons in street riots—and come to the scene only after one of them … Continue reading PANGILINAN’S JUVENILE JUSTICE LAW

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Buga: A new lethal weapon for violent youth gangs

By ROGER M. BALANZA A new lethal invention, an improvised butane-fired single shot gun with marbles for bullets is now widespread in Ilang in Bunawan, adding another to the deadly arsenal available to violent youth gangs for use in street riots. Known as Buga, the home-made gun carries the same name of the noise-making gas-fired PVC cannons used in greeting Christmas and New Year. But while the merrymaking Buga blares out loud noises from four-inch pipes, the latest Buga spews out deadly marbles from its one-inch barrel. The improvised gun, a crude shot gun has a two-foot barrel linked to … Continue reading Buga: A new lethal weapon for violent youth gangs

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