11 senators sign report lowering age of criminal liability to 12
MANILA, Philippines — Eleven senators have signed a joint panel report seeking to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from 15 years old to 12 years old.
The proposal was contained in a 13-page report prepared by three committees— justice and human rights chaired by Senator Richard Gordon; women, children, family relations and gender equality; and finance.
Aside from Gordon, the 10 senators who signed the report were Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senators Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Joel Villanueva, Gregorio Honasan, Panfilo Lacson and Manny Pacquiao.
Some of the signatories, includingVillanueva, Legarda and Escudero, indicated in the report that they would either interpellate or propose amendments in the measure.
The ten (out of 21) committee members who did not sign the report are the following:
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 11
Senator Grace Poe
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
Senator Nancy Binay
Senator Aqulino “Koko” Pimentel III
Minority Leader Franklin Drilon
Senator Risa Hontiveros
Senator Francis Pangilinan
Senator Bam Aquino
Six of those who did not sign the document — Sotto, Poe Trillanes, Gatchalian, Binay, and Pimentel — are part of the Senate’s majority block while Drilon, Hontveros, Pangilinan, and Aquino are part of the opposition bloc.
A similar bill, lowering the MACR to 12 years old, has already been passed by the House of Representatives. /ee
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