CURRENT POLL RESULTS
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 6052 lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old.
Lawmakers believe that the massive influences of modern media have given minors immense awareness of their surroundings. Children today are, they said, much more discerning than those ten years ago.
HB 6052 provides that children as young as 12 may be committed to a youth care facility, with the proper interventions and rules against harassment.
However, DSWD Undersecretary Alicia Bala, who chairs the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) cautioned against sending more children to jail. The state, she said, must treat erring children not as hardened criminals but as victims of circumstances beyond their control.
Do you believe that lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old is a justifiable policy?