PNP wants criminal liability age to be lowered to 12

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) supports call to lower the criminal age of a person down to at least fifteen or twelve years old

following a spike in criminal cases were children as the main offenders.

PNP Chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome Jr., said that they are in favor

in amending RA 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Law and lower the age of a persons where he can be held criminally liable.

“The age of individuals getting or committing crimes has gone lower and I am in  favor of lowering the age of those that can be charged for criminal offense,” Bartolome said in a media forum in Camp Crame.

The PNP chief made the call following the recent involvement of minors in criminal acts such as 13-year old boy who shot his friend inside a mall in Pampanga and a teener who robbed and sexually molested his former employer.

The PNP Chief said that they have also recorded an incident in which a 12-year old boy allegedly raped a three-year old girl, which he said made them to rethink in lowering the age of criminal liability to 12.

Under RA 9344, children aged 15 and below are exempt from criminal liability.

And calls to amend the said law came following footages of “batang hamog” seen on television where young boys attacking and stealing from taxi cabs along EDSA in Guadalupe, Makati City.

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