Why lower age of responsibility to 12 when you have to be 18 to drink?- Mar Roxas

Why lower age of responsibility to 12 when you have to be 18 to drink?- Mar Roxas

In CNN Philippines' second Senatorial Forum on Sunday when he was asked whether he was in favor of lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR), Mar Roxas a senatorial candidate this coming mid term elections said this:
Why lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) at all when one has to be at least 18 years old to vote and drink?

Mar Roxas (photo credit to CNNPhils)

"Eighteen years old ang age of majority. Bakit natin paparusahan, bakit natin ikukulong ang mga kabataan sa mas murang edad na 12 or nine?" Roxas said.
Last week the House of Representatives passed on second reading the lowering the minimum age of criminal liability to 12 years old. A last minute amendment to the bill which originally had a proposal of lowering the MACR at nine years old.
For former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, he favors the lowering of the age to 12 years old, but is against lowering it to nine years old.
"As a professor of international law, the [UN] Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) … has recommended that the minimum age should be 12, it should not be below 12," Roque said during the forum.
The United Nations CRC's General Comment No. 10 said it is not "internationally acceptable" for the MACR to be below 12 years old. But it encouraged state parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, like the Philippines, to "increase their lower MACR to the age of 12 years as the absolute minimum age and to continue to increase it to a higher age level."Roque added. 
As for former Department of Interiror and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan,said that age should not be the main consideration in the debates surrounding the lowering of the MACR.
"The most essential part of the problem here which is prevention," Alunan said. "The important thing is for the parents to be very much involved in protecting the young and making sure that they don't get into trouble. I think whether the age limit is lowered to 12 or nine, I think the parents should be held accountable."Alunan explains.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has long been pushing for the lowering of the MACR and has been recently quoted by reporters that he is fine with the lowering the MACR to 12 years old.

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