Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, after proposing to change a part of the national anthem “Lupang Hinirang” , is now seeking to lower the age of criminal liability to 13.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, Sotto filed Senate Bill 2026 which seeks to hold ages 13 and above as criminally liable contrary to Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 which exempts children 15 years old and below from criminal liability.
Sotto explained: “This bill will finally give clarity to the true intention of the law. The amendment to the law will institutionalize the criminal liability of teenagers who committed serious criminal offense.”
“You can be held criminally liable if you are above 12 years old,” he added.
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