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When children are criminalised

The lower chamber of the Philippine Congress is going to approve the lowering of the minimum age of criminal liability of a child from the present 15 years of-age to 12 years of age. They really wanted to reduce it to nine-years-old, but public outcry forced the politicians to change. 
Yet, 12-years-old is too young to impute criminal liability. What knowledge and discernment do uneducated, impoverished hungry street children at 12-years-old know and understand?

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Philippine lawmakers backpedal on child criminal bill

MANILA (UCAN): Philippine lawmakers were forced to make a compromise in their attempt to lower the minimum age of criminal liability amid fierce opposition from the Catholic Church and child rights advocacy groups. They approved a bill to set criminal responsibility starting at 12 years old during its second reading on January 23.
Earlier, on January 19, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan, called the bill “un-Christian.”

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