MANILA—House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wants to lower the age of criminal liability to 9 years old, her office said Saturday.
Arroyo is set to attend a House committee hearing on the issue on Monday.
The justice committee will tackle House Bill No. 505 filed by Tarlac 2nd District Rep. Victor Yap seeking to lower the age of criminal liability, which currently stands at 15 years old.
Under the law, children 15 years old and younger are exempted from criminal liability.
Last year, Senate President Vicente Sotto III filed a bill seeking to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 13 "to adapt to changing times."