House Recalls Approval of Measure Lowering Age of Criminal Liability

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MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday night to recall the second reading approval of a bill seeking to reduce the age of criminal liability from 15 to 12 years old.

The motion to reconsider the chamber's decision to send House Bill 6052 for third reading voting received strong support from majority of solons present last Tuesday.

Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy lauded the decision of the chamber as she and several women lawmakers called for plenary debates on House Bill 6052.

Herrera-Dy, vice chairperson of the House committee on children's welfare, said a long list of lawmakers want to interpellate sponsors of HB 6052 which is a consolidation of six bills proposing amendments to vital provisions of Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Welfare Act of 2006, particularly the restoration of criminal liability of minors under 12 to 15 years old.

HB 6052 will reduce to 12 of age or under the criminal liability exemption for a child. The current law frees minors below 15 years from any criminal liability.

The legislative proposal also adds youthful offender in the definition of what law must considers a child. …