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Anne Curtis saddened by proposal to lower age of criminal liability

MANILA, Philippines — Actress Anne Curtis has expressed her stand on lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 to nine years old.

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“Nakakalungkot isipan na ibaba nila ang criminal responsibility to the age of 9. At that age, they are still very much children,” Curtis wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

This was a response to a tweet by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Philippines that read: “May batas na tayo para sa mga children in conflict with the law: ang Juvenile Justice & Welfare Act (RA 9344).”

“Ngunit hindi ito nabibigyan ng tamang pondo at suporta para sa tamang implementation nito sa buong bansa,” it added.

Curtis, a UNICEF celebrity advocate for children, stressed that there is still hope for children if they get in to trouble.

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“They still have a chance to change their ways if they happen to cause or get into any trouble instead of being sent to jail & sentenced as an adult,” she said.

While various child rights group expressed strong opposition on the said issue, the House of Representatives justice panel approved on Monday a bill lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 to nine years old. /cbb

READ: House panel swiftly okays lower age of criminal liability 

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