Simon joins fight against lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility

Following the approval by the House of Representatives of House Bill 8858 which aims to lower down the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility from 15 to 12 years old, SIMON issued out a statement strongly opposing the said measure.

 

A renowned children’s rights advocate, SIMON joined hands with members of the Bicol Network for Children (BNC) and the Regional Inter Agency Council (RIAC) in taking a stand against the passage of the said bill based on the following grounds:

 

  • Lowering the MACR to 9 or 12 years old will not help reduce the crime rate in the Philippines since only 2% of reported crimes are committed by children.
  • It is against the best interest of the child and will further re-victimize them.
  • It ignores scientific proof on children’s brain development.
  • It is against our legal obligations as a State Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • It is unconstitutional as it contradicts laws protecting children

 

SIMON continuously supports Republic Act 9344-Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act which sets the minimum age of criminal liability at 15 years old and provides proper programs, services and interventions to children at risk and children in conflict with the law.

 

#ChildrenNotCriminals

#NoToLoweringOfMACR

#Not9Not12

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