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Duterte slams Pangilinan anew over juvenile justice law: Ikaw ang pinakabobong abogado!

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte again criticized Senator Francis Pangilinan’s Juvenile Justice Law, saying that it lets young people get away with serious crime.

“Gaya niyang maghanap ka lang ng butas pero make sure that your argument is also better than mine because if you do not have anything to say except to criticize like Pangilinan, well I’m sorry, better shut up,” Duterte said in a speech Saturday.

He also called Pangilinan, president of the opposition Liberal Party, the “most stupid” lawyer for authoring Republic Act 9344, which exempts children 15 years old and below from criminal liability.

“Wala ka talaga. Ikaw ‘yung abogado nalaman kong pinakabobo sa lahat. I will — I’m not — I’m not trying to destroy him. But I will — in two minutes, I will destroy him. Makinig lang kayo,” the chief executive said.

Duterte said decriminalizing offenses committed by juvenile offenders is a “great injustice.”

“‘Pag nahuli ng pulis pati kayo dito kunin ng barangay captain, kunin ng nanay pati tatay tapos ipakita ‘yung birth certificate. Labas. Labas-pasok all throughout of the country. Ang nagkasala, rape with homicide, balewala. Babalikan pa ‘yung — sabihin pa, ‘Ulitin namin ‘yan sa anak mo’. Ganun ka-brazen ang mga bata ngayon,” he added.