Government’s plan to lower age of criminal liability may result in more criminals: Sen. Aquino

Senator Bam Aquino warned that the incoming government’s plan to lower the age of criminal liability may result in more criminals rather than  reduce crimes.

Aquino said that the government’s plan to lower the criminal liability to 12 years old may result in more criminals than reduce crime as with the “current state of our justice system and the poor condition of our prisons and detention centers, placing a child with incarcerated criminals will likely encourage criminal instead of rehabilitation”.

Aquino urged that the plan must be studied carefully because it may lead to more problems rather than prevent crime.

Under the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act or Republic Act 10630, children below 15 years old are exempted from criminal liability and can be released to the custody of his/her parents or may be referred to a youth care facility or “Bahay Pag-asa”.

“Rather than meting out full criminal liability to children, we can look at reforms improving our juvenile delinquency facilities or even adding penalties to their parents,” he added.

“These improvements and amendments are items the Committee can take up and study.”

In another news, Aquino hailed the signing of a memorandum of agreement for IP peering between two giant telecommunication companies in the country that will result to improved  Internet conditions in the country.

Aquino said that the inking of a MOA for IP peering between PLDT and Globe after months of talks is “one of more milestones that we can put under our belts in terms of really increasing the speed, quality and access of Internet in the Philippines”.

Aquino who has been pushing for IP peering as chairman of the Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, said it will benefit internet users in the Philippines, especially mobile subscribers who use data.

“The good thing is, bibilis ang internet dahil hindi na kailangan lumabas ng bansa ang data,” Bam said.

The senator said they will be closely monitoring the developments over the next 30 days and will continue to work on solutions to improve the quality of Internet services in the Philippines.#