Ikaw (Pangilinan) 'yung abogado nalaman kong pinakabobo sa lahat - Duterte

Ikaw (Pangilinan) 'yung abogado nalaman kong pinakabobo sa lahat - Duterte

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is the “dumbest” lawyer.

That is according to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, whom he attributed to Pangilinan being the one who authored the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act.

“Gaya niyang maghanap ka lang ng butas pero make sure that your argument is also better than mine because if you do not have anything to say except to criticize like Pangilinan, well I'm sorry, better shut up,” Duterte said in Palawan.

Senator Francis Kiko Pangilinan (photo credit to Philstar)

“Wala ka talaga. Ikaw 'yung abogado nalaman kong pinakabobo sa lahat. (You are nothing. You are the dumbest lawyer I know.) I will — I'm not — I'm not trying to destroy him. But I will — in two minutes, I will destroy him. Makinig lang kayo (Listen to me),” the President added.

It is public knowledge that the president is not in favor of the Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare act of 2006, he has blamed this law for one of the reasons for the rise in crimes.

Although he consider Pangilinan as his friend, he just cannot ignore the wrong exemptions given to minors below 15 years old from criminal liability, citing that it causes great injustice to the community.

Along with this is this is the provision in the law that leaves the children in conflict with the law who are aged 16 and 17 at the hands of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Duterte says that these minors commit crimes and gets away with it.

Republic Act 9344 does not remove the civil liability and holds the parents will be jointly liable for the civil liability of their child.

Before the passage of RA 9344, children aged below 9 and below are exempted from criminal liability. Minor offenders were previously released to the custody of parents.

“‘Yong pinasa ni --- sino 'tong p***** i**** 'to? Si... Pinasa niya ang batas sa juvenile law at tinaas niya from the indeterminate --- 'yung law noon. Fifteen years old, hindi mo makulong. Doon tayo nagkaroon ng great injustice,” Duterte said.

The president states that thousands are being victimized by minors yet the law  does not allow them to be prosecuted and charged.

“Mag-isip lang kayo noon pa hindi pa panahon sa batas ni Pangilinan at ngayon --- ang nangyaring... Hindi mo talaga ma-detain ang bata whatever the crime may be. It could even be genocide. Walang sasagutin,” he added.

‘Pontifical’ Pangilinan law

This is the second time the President made known his dissatisfaction with the Pangilinan law in public.

Last September, the president stated “pontifical” Pangilinan’s law removes the sense of accountability of minors.

“The entire Philippines for the last two decades, right after the — itong Pangilinan law, nagkalat. Kasi alam ninyo, pagka-minor, he goes out. ‘Pag sinabi niya, ‘I am just 14 years old,’ he goes out. Walang seremonya,” Duterte said

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  1. Please find ways and time to at least amend this stupid law;it is doing a great injustice to those who are victimized by these young criminalswho are in some cases in cohorts with their parents and elders.