Sen. Risa Hontiveros - Age of criminal liability should be made higher, not lower

Sen. Risa Hontiveros - Age of criminal liability should be made higher, not lower

Senator Risa Hontiveros weighs in the issue of the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility, she says the age of responsibility should be made higher than the current 15 years old  this after the House of Representatives (HOR) approved in second reading the lowering of the age of responsibility at 12 years old.
Originally the House committee on justice pegged the age at 9 years old.

Senator Risa Hontiveros (photo credit to GMANews)

Sen. Hontiveros told mediamen during a UNICEF event, “We won’t bring it back to 9. We won’t also bring it back to 12. What’s the difference between 9 and 12? Keep it at 15, and move it up.”
The senator cites a research where , women mature at the age of 22 while men at the age of 25, suggesting that the current minimum age of criminal liability at 15 does not match.
“We’re a decade below,” Opposition senator Hontiveros said.
The lady senator explains that in other countries, the adjustment in the age of criminality is actually upwards, not downwards, even in countries with a younger age of criminality.
"Sa ibang mga bansa na mas mababa pa yung minimum age of criminal responsibility sa atin, pinag-aaralan nila, nakikita nila yung kamalian nun at itinataas nila. So huwag tayong paatras o paurong, dapat pasulong tayo," Hontiveros told GMA News.
Hontiveros said she was hoping that her fellow senators would just support and advocate the full implementation of the original Juvenile Justice Law.
The lady senator also encourages that her fellow lawmakers “to develop policy on separate justice system involving children that will depend on recent research on child psychology and data on appropriate law enforcement.”
"Kesa ibaba yung minimum age ng criminal responsibility na paatras sa global trend,” Hontiveros said.

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