Palace slams UN rapporteur Callamard tweet on lowering criminal liability

Palace slams UN rapporteur Callamard tweet on lowering criminal liability

She is making some noise again…. And now she has described the move of our House of representatives (HOR) in lowering the age of criminal liability to nine years old as “shameful”, “dangerous” and “potentially deadly proposal.”

Malcanang did not take this sitting down and immediately slammed UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard for a tweet she made.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo criticized Callamard for meddling on matters that is internal and should only be address by our own lawmakers.

UN Special rapporteur Agnes Callamard and Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo (photo credit to owner)

“She should address that to lawmakers not to us. What is shameful is nakikialam siya(she’s interfering), what is shameful when she intrudes into the sovereignty of this country. She has no business interfering with the affairs of Congress in the first place or with the executive,” Panelo said.

Callamard made her remark against HOR’s proposal  as she retweeted the UNICEF for the reminder that the human brain function reaches maturity only at around 16 years old.
Panelo chided Callamard for not being objective because she has not read the bill and it seemed like she was only hearing out the opinion of those who opposed the proposal.
Yan nga problema (That’s the problem) if you listen to the opposition, to the critics, detractors, they cannot say anything good o e di biased ka na agad (then you’re immediately biased),” Atty. Panelo said.
“I’m not defending Congress. What I’m saying is before you open your mouth, you better know your facts,” The Presidential Spokesperson  added.
It was meant to protect the child

Atty. Panelo insisted that the measure was meant to “protect” children from being used by adult criminals to commit crimes on their behalf.
Ang focus e dun sa mga kontra pero actually napaliwanag ko na (They are focused on those who oppose it, but I have already explained that) the bill is more for the protection of the children,” Panelo said.
As to what age?

Last Monday the HOR justice panel approved the bill lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 to 9 years old.

Atty. Panelo clarifies that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has not yet made any comment on what age he would want the bill on criminal liability lowered to.

“He (the President) has not made any statement on the age requirement. All he has been saying since the campaign is he wants that lowered and we will leave that to the lawmakers,” Panelo said.

Palagay ko si Presidente basta huwag yung kinse, basta si Presidente ayaw niya yung 15 (I think the President just wants to lower the age of criminal liability to lower than 15, the President doesn’t want 15),” he added.

In his early pronouncements, Duterte has called the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act of 2006 (RA 9344), principally authored by senator Francis Pangilinan as a “stupid law” for creating a new generation of criminals.

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