Anne Curtis protests against lowering age of criminal responsibility

Anne Curtis protests against lowering age of criminal responsibility




President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has slammed the author of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, and this is no other than Liberal Party President Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.
‘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,” Pres. Duterte said.

“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.

Anne Curtis (screen grabbed from her Instagram account)

Artist Anne Curtis have surfaced in public against the move of lowering the age of criminal liability.
She reasons that “lowering age of criminal responsibility is up for talks in the Senate” and it is her duty as United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador to make a stand.
““Children in conflict with the law are already victims of circumstance, mostly because of poverty and exploitation by adults.” Instead of being penalized, they should have access to proper rehabilitation - where they can be properly cared for to understand what they may have done wrong, learn to change their ways and be given a second chance at life.”
The full quote of her Instagram post is quoted below for public consumption.

The debate on lowering the age of criminal responsibility is up for talks in the Senate and as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador it is my duty to raise awareness and lend my voice to support the call of the Council for the Welfare of Children, civil society organizations, professional associations, child protection experts, well-meaning citizens, parents and the youth. I stand with them for NOT lowering the criminal age of responsibility but instead supporting the full implementation of the current law of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act. I understand that there are those who see differently but if you could only try and discern that they are STILL CHILDREN, are victims of their circumstance and are still young enough to change their ways. “Children in conflict with the law are already victims of circumstance, mostly because of poverty and exploitation by adults.” Instead of being penalized, they should have access to proper rehabilitation - where they can be properly cared for to understand what they may have done wrong, learn to change their ways and be given a second chance at life. The proper implementation of the current Juvenile Justice Welfare Act has proven to have many success stories that @unicefphils has shared with me. It cannot fail IF IT IS FULLY IMPLEMENTED. “The JJWA does not see children in conflict with the law as criminals. Rather, it regards them as victims of their circumstances. This law has given these children hope – to change, to become better, and to work for a brighter future.” I stand with UNICEF as they call on the Government to work with child rights defenders and strengthen the juvenile justice system for the sake of all Filipino children. #ChildrenNotCriminals


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Duterte slams Kiko Pangilnan's authored law that exempts minors fromcriminal liability





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