Kiko defends law
on juvenile justice
BY ADRIAN NEMES III
The issue is not on lowering the age of discernment for minor offenders in the Philippines, it is on how to implement Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice Welfare law properly, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said in Bacolod City Saturday.
Philippine National Police records show that from 1,825 young offenders in 2007, the number has jumped to 5,318 cases in 2011, or a 290 percent increase.
Pangilinan, who authored the law in 2006, said lowering the age of discernment of children in conflict with the law or locking them in the jail may not be the absolute resolutions to stop minors from committing crimes.