MANILA – Newly crowned Miss Intercontinental Karen Gallman was put in the hot seat on ANC’s “Headstart” on Wednesday.
The Filipina beauty queen was asked by host Karen Davila about her views on today’s big issues in the Philippines, including lowering the age of criminal liability – or “social responsibility,” as referred to by lawmakers – to 12 years old.
“I think 12 years old is still quite young,” Gallman said.
Lawmakers earlier proposed nine years old as the age of criminal liability, which currently stands at 15 years old.
“I think the parents should step in and they should be disciplined,” she continued. “Parents should be liable, parents should discipline the children.”
When prodded by Davila if she thinks 12-year-old children who commit heinous crimes such as rape should be sent to jail, Gallman replied: “I don’t think so. I don’t agree with that.”
The Philippines’ first Miss Intercontinental winner was also asked to share her opinion on the medical marijuana bill, following its passage at the House.
“I think there are a few benefits to marijuana if it’s used health-wise. But then for me, I think it’s such a bad habit if you’re just smoking it for the sake of smoking it,” Gallman said.
“For medical purposes, then yes. But [for it] to be available to anyone just for the sake of smoking it, I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
Meanwhile, Gallman also said she is in favor of divorce in the country, saying Filipinos should be given an option to leave their marriage if it becomes abusive.
“We should allow divorce because people change… [If] there’s abuse in the relationship, I think the woman or the man should be able to leave that person and not suffer,” she said.