MANILA, Philippines – On Monday, January 21, the House panel approved a bill that lowers the age of criminal responsibility in the Philippines from 15 to 9 years old.
This move by the government has drawn blatant expressions of dismay and disapproval by many, local celebrities and artists included.
Here's what a few of them had to say:
Agree ako sa iyo, @ChelDiokno! Crucial stage ang childhood and adolescence to one's development. These are periods where psychological, emotional, social and physical aspects are strongly influenced by the surroundings and are formed. https://t.co/SaTLxEdYZC — Dingdong Dantes (@iamdongdantes) January 20, 2019
2.... Instead of focusing on criminalizing children, the government should invest more on creating an enabling environment that will allow young people to be productive members of the society. https://t.co/SaTLxEdYZC — Dingdong Dantes (@iamdongdantes) January 20, 2019
This is disgusting. https://t.co/yRnYgM5H2G — Jim (@Jimparedes) January 21, 2019
Theory is something he thought up. Where are the facts to prove this? Show us numbers. Meanwhile our duwag idiotic congress hardly debated this They just gave the President what he wanted. — Jim (@Jimparedes) January 21, 2019
Nakakalungkot isipan na ibaba nila ang criminal responsibility to the age of 9. At that age, they are still very much children. They still have a chance to change their ways if they happen to cause or get into any trouble instead of being sent to jail & sentenced as an adult. https://t.co/H9to9QHyjD — Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) January 22, 2019