That stupid Pangilinan law
There is an urgent need to amend that stupid law that exempts young criminals from punishment even if they have committed heinous crimes.
Under Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act of 2006, authored by Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, persons 15 years old and below cannot be imprisoned even for heinous crimes like rape and murder.
Based on the provisions of that law, the police and the Department of Social Welfare should first determine whether an offender 16 to 18 years of age had “discernment,” meaning the person must have known what he or she was doing during the commission of the crime.
hat’s really stupid because in this age of television and the Internet, or the information highway, a 14-year-old kid’s maturity is equivalent to that of a person 20 years of age before the advent of multimedia outlets.
If RA 9344 is a stupid law, what does that make of Pangilinan and his colleagues who passed the law and President Gloria who signed it?
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Because of Pangilinan’s law, three minors who beat up 21-year-old Albert Talon for no apparent reason are out scot-free.
Talon was on his way home from work in Dasmariñas, Cavite province, when he crossed the path of the three young neighborhood toughies.
The three were allegedly under the influence of drugs.
The assault was so severe Talon lost all his teeth. His jaw has been dislocated as a result of the incident.
Asked why they did it, the three said: “Kursunada lang (just for the thrill of it).”
I wonder how those legislators who approved RA 9344 would react if minors beat up their innocent relatives and then tell them the same thing.