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Dedma sa ‘stupid’ tag: Pangilinan insists juvenile law helped many youngsters turn a new leaf

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Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan does not mind getting criticized and branded as “stupid” for crafting a law that some say emboldened youngsters to commit crimes.

Pangilinan authored the Juvenile Justice Act of 2006 or Republic Act 9344 which allowed children below 15 years old to get away with their crimes provided they undergo rehabilitation.

“Somebody said that the law is the stupid ‘Pangilinan law’ but that’s okay because I know that many young people have benefitted from this law,” he said.

“Many have been able to turn a new leaf. Many have better futures precisely because this law is in place. So, let the critics say what they want,” Pangilinan said on Thursday.

However, some members of the House of Representatives want to amend RA 9344 and lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9 years old.

“Hindi ho kami sang-ayon po rito. At least sa Senado, wala hong ganung klaseng proposal,” Pangilinan told participants of the 3rd National Family Courts Summit held at the Manila Hotel.