Take kids to school, not jail: Ateneo head opposes lowering age of criminal liability


Posted at Jan 26 2019 06:33 PM

MANILA—Ateneo de Manila University president Jose Ramon Villarin on Thursday opposed anew the proposed measure lowering the age of criminal liability to 12 years old.

In a statement, Villarin said it is "foolish to hold children to the same standard as adults."

“The law does not need to be changed. What needs to be done is strengthen the implementation of the law. Let us spend more energy and resources on getting children educated, raised in homes of love and safety, capable of entering the workforce in adulthood," he said.

"Let us take our children to school. Let us accompany them to God. Let us not bring them to jail."

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill lowering the age of criminal liability to 12 years old, instead of 9, as first proposed.

The proposal has received criticism from several children's rights and human rights groups and senators.