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Society must give children in conflict with laws a chance
PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City

Instead of enacting bills that would uplift the desperate lives of Filipinos, Congress rushed to amend a law reducing the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 to a threshold of 12 years old, as if it is an urgent concern, without scientific basis.

Studies point that children aged 15 years old and below are still unable to discern what is right from wrong, and that brain function maturity starts at age 16. Juvenile delinquency has been around and could be prevented if the causes are addressed rather than be particularly concerned about the minimum age in criminal liability.

Because of greed, power, poverty, no education, or unemployment of parents, elders, guardians, or crime syndicates, they use minors as drug peddlers, attention diverters in snatching, thefts, house sneak-ins in robbery, or crime couriers.

It is a public desire that the government go after unscrupulous people who exploit innocent children to commit crime, and for children who are regarded as wealth of the family to be cared and given the opportunities to develop as positive generation of society.

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