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Kasalanan mo ‘tong lahat! Duterte blames Pangilinan for boom in youth offenders

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President Rodrigo Duterte believes Senator Francis Pangilinan single-handedly caused the rise in the number of child offenders by raising the age of criminal responsibility to 15.

In a speech at the Philippine Constitution Association’s 56th anniversary Tuesday (September 26), Duterte criticized Pangilinan for authoring Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.

“It is you, the singular person of this country who is responsible for all of this now. I’m referring to the children, because you passed the law,” he said.

Duterte said that while he considers offenders below nine years old as “babies,” there could already be malice if someone commits a misdemeanor above that age.

“Then above twelve, below sixteen, where you play the indeterminate sentence, it’s either be a full-term or short-term, depending on the court and the severity of the — of the criminal mind,” he said.

Duterte said the so-called “Pangilinan law” has allowed youth offenders to get away with their crimes and repeat it.

“When they commit a crime, in and out, in and out, in and out, everyday, what do you expect of that generation when they grow up? Sige nga,” he said.

Before lambasting Pangilinan, Duterte called the senator his “friend” because he made the childhood dream of his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, come true about meeting Sharon Cuneta.