House adjust minimum criminal responsibility to 12 instead of 9 years old

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The controversial bill that seeks to lower criminal liability to 9 years old now changed to 12 years old. The amendment was done last minute at the plenary.

Lawmakers gave their approval to the House bill through viva voce voting on Wednesday, January 23, two days after the House committee approved the bill on Monday.

Under the House Bill 8858, children as young as 12 years old who commit serious crimes with discernment would be mandatorily confined at Bahay Pag-asa - youth care facilities mandated by law to offer rehabilitation and intervention to children in conflict with the law.

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