'May knowledge na 'yun': Why Pacquiao backs lowering age of criminal responsibility


Posted at Feb 20 2019 10:10 AM | Updated as of Feb 20 2019 12:55 PM

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Senator and boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday said he is in favor of lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 12, citing his own experiences living on the streets before rising to international boxing fame.

Speaking to ANC, Pacquiao said he was already working for a living at age 11 due to their family's poverty. A South China Morning Post story earlier described how the Pacquiao family ate bananas or root crops because they could not afford rice. 

"Agree ako sa 12 above. Sabi nila wala pang ano 'yan...Alam mo, 11 years old naghahanap-buhay na ako. Ako na ang bumubuhay sa mama ko, sa mga kapatid ko. Siblings ko. Ako na ang bumubuhay, ako na ang nag-iisip, ako na ang nagba-budget ng pera. May pag-iisip na," Pacquiao said. 

He said there are laws that mete penalties to kids as young as 12.

"May knowledge na 'yun. Believe me," he said. 

Pacquiao, the only boxer to win eight world titles in eight weight classes, is now one of the world's highest paid athletes.

In the interview, the boxing champ turned senator also backed the revival of the death penalty for drug traffickers, which he hopes would pass in the next Congress.

He denied that the measure is anti-poor, saying drug lords who bring in narcotics by bulk are not poor. 

"Walang mahirap sa mga drug lord. Wala naman sigurong drug lord na mahirap," he said. 

ANC, February 20, 2019