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Babalik din! Christy Custodio says lower criminal age makes kids repeat offenders

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This politiko is vehemently opposed to the proposal.

Vice Mayor Christy Love Custodio of Guimbal, Iloilo voiced out strong opposition to moves by the House of Representatives to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to nine.

She said that this will only keep children in harm’s way, and will leave them marked as criminals until they grow up.

“Criminalizing our children does not solve the problem of children committing crimes; it only encourages re-offending. It’s best to fully implement the existing laws first before blaming the youth for the failings of government,” Custodio said as she promoted an online petition against the bill.

“Our children are the victims, NOT the criminals. They are the victims of circumstances and will be exploited all the more if this will push through.”