According to incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte is thinking of lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old.
The Davao del Norte representative said Duterte was considering this as a counter solution against syndicates blatantly using children as a front for criminal activities, Philstar reported.
Currently, the age protecting children from criminal liability stands at 15 years old.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. recalled that it was Senator Francis Pangilinan who made amendments to the Juvenile Justice System and Welfare Act in 2013 which raised the minimum age to 15.
“. It used to be nine years old. And everybody was in favor of 12,” said Belmonte.