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Child rights group to Congress on age of criminal liability: Why the turnaround?

Monday 21st of January 2019 | Asie, Philippines
Rappler
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MANILA, Philippines – Back in 2006, Congress passed what would become Republic Act No. 934 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (JJWA) that set the minimum age of criminal liability at 15 years old. It was signed into law by former president and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In a statement issued Monday, January 21, Child Rights Network (CRN) asked Congress about its turnaround when it passed the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility. It pointed out that this new bill is being backed by the same person who signed the JJWA into law.

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