Children playing with toy guns around policemen during Tokhang operation in Manila. “Tokhang with children” by award-winning photojournalist Jansen Romero of Manila Bulletin, October 6.

House Justice panel today approved the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility to nine years old despite staunch opposition among child-rights group and supporters.

The gravely unfounded justification to put children as young as nine behind bars projects not a fatherly figure of the administration but a vicious character of a villain who encourages syndicates to continuously use children for their crimes.

The Congress dunces pathetically claimed the measure to be showing the administration’s commitment to children’s rights despite evidently ill management for restorative justice for children-at-risk and children-in-conflict-with-the-law. Moreover, it cannot be forgotten how this murderous regime claimed lives of innocent children in its bloody anti-drug operations.

With lack of substantial backing to such obscure measure to protect Filipino children, it speaks volume of how the Duterte administration treats them: lacking.

If the president and his supporters so claim that he is a father of this nation, he might as well be put in jail due to his appalling failure and neglect to protect his supposed children, this nation he has placed in grave danger by his terrible leadership.

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines calls on the administration to resign from pursuing hearings on such proposed measure which is explicitly designed to be both anti-children and anti-poor. Let us not fail the children with abject propositions concerning their protection. ###


Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store