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Child rights group slams ‘hypocrite’ Sara Duterte

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 09:45 AM January 28, 2019
Mayor Sara Duterte

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. INQUIRER file photo / EDWIN BACASMAS

MANILA, Philippines — It is hypocrisy to punish children and ignore drug lords and syndicates, a children’s rights group said Sunday.

Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns slammed Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for her recent statement on children’s capability to commit crimes.

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“It is with such hypocrisy that Mayor Sarah and his father opt to punish children while forgetting to punish drug lords and syndicates,” Eule Rico Bonganay of Salinlahi said in a statement.

This was in response to Duterte’s Instagram post over the weekend that said, “Children are capable of committing crimes. Put that in your head. Wag na sana kayo mag pretend na anghel ang mga bata, wala po tayo sa langit.”

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“We have documented cases of 12,13,14 year old children committing rape, murder, theft, robbery, drug smuggling, drug peddling even arson,” Duterte added.

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The Madame who said that lowering the age of criminal liability to 12 years old as immoral, unscientific and ineffective is clearly out of touch with reality. This person has not regularly read police reports, have not talked to social welfare workers or has worked on grassroots issues. This Madame and her like minded friends compare other well developed countries to the Philippines as if the culture, the psyche, the circumstances are the same. What I would give to lock you in a room for one night with a 13 year old Sukarap gang member, para makatilaw ka. Eto pa, hindi sila criminal, they are children in conflict with the law. Eh dba its the same banana? Ladies and gentlemen, children are capable of commiting crimes. Put that in your head. Wag na sana kayo mag pretend na anghel ang mga bata, wala po tayo sa langit. We have documented cases of 12,13,14 year old children committing rape, murder, theft, robbery, drug smuggling, drug peddling even arson. If you do not want them in jail with adults put them in your child in conflict with the law age appropriate jail. The issues may be a complicated web of poverty, illiteracy, broken families, abuse and a simpleton Madame (who supports children criminals for the reason that they are children. phew) but all these are no excuse to spare the rod and let the problem of underage criminals fester. Take your head out of your butthole Madame and walk Metro Manila streets at night. Alone. Awon nato.

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While Salinlahi recognizes that children breaking the law is a reality, the group reiterated their previous statement that children in conflict with the laws are victims of poverty.

“We reiterate that children in conflict with the law are victims of poverty and state neglect of rehabilitative services that they (Duterte government) should have provided in the first place,” Bonganay said.

He added, “It is ridiculous when a government official puts all the blame on children and echo a wrong and punitive solution to the problem.”

Meanwhile, Davao City is known for its Davao City Child Welfare Code which provides for a comprehensive children and family support system in the city.

The House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill that seeks to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old, and not nine years old as earlier proposed. /cbb

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READ: Amid public anger, House relents on criminalizing 9-yr-olds

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