Lawmakers mull compromise on lowering age of criminal liability

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 23 2017 05:03 AM

House Justice Committee chairman Rep. Rey Umali on Monday said his panel is considering a compromise on the proposal to lower the age of criminal responsibility, amid the opposition to the measure.

The committee is expected to make a report on the bill to the plenary for its own action soon.

"Again, I do not want to preempt what the committee will say but siguro as early as now, I was briefed by my ComSec and that there are various options now being pursued. One of which, and this is something very new, na siguro bukas mas maiintindihan natin is ie-enhance lang natin yung existing law," Umali said. 

He said it's possible Congress won't reduce the age of criminal responsibility. "That is the possibility. But I do not want to preempt the decision of the committee."

Umali said the justice committee has accomplished much in the first regular session of the 17th Congress. "

We have a total of more than 200 bills, of which eight bills are already approved on third reading and then about 28 bills have already been approved at the committee level, and another 39 bills are now pending before the different sub-committees that we created to hasten the disposition of all bills pending with us. Iyung mga iba have already been initiated. We still have two regular sessions to go, and we hope to accomplish everything by end of our term in 2019," he said.

The committee earlier investigated the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at the state penitentiary under then justice secretary and current senator Leila de Lima.