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Senators weigh in on lowering age of criminal liability

Martes, 22 de Enero de 2019 | Asia, Filipinas
PTV News
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MANILA — Senators on Tuesday offered differing opinions on the proposal seeking to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from the current 15 years old.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who has a pending bill seeking to lower the age of criminal liability to at least 12 years, said his proposed age is the common threshold in most countries.

“Panahon pa ni Quezon, nine years old na criminal responsibility when acting with discernment. Twelve years, yun bill ko, like most countries worldwide. Pag may nang-rape o pumatay na 13 years old, okay lang? Tell that to the parents of the [sic] victims (Even during the time of [President Manuel] Quezon, nine years old is already the [age] of criminal responsibility when acting with discernment. My bill proposes 12 years old [as the age of criminality] just like most countries worldwide. Is it okay for a 13-year-old to kill or rape someone? Tell that to the parents of the victims),” Sotto said in a Twitter post.

Sotto earlier said “majority of the senators” have agreed to lower the age of criminal responsibility. This, however, appears not to be the case as senators are divided on the issue.

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