President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a measure retaining the current minimum age of criminal liability, which is 15 years old.
At a press conference Tuesday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino signed last October 3 Republic Act 10630 or an act strengthening RA 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.
"There have been some changes in the composition of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council but, for the most part, the minimum age of criminal responsibility stands at 15 years of age," she said.
The House version of the bill originally proposed the lowering of the minimum age of criminal liability to 12 years old, but the Senate version prevailed.
Instead, the ratified committee report proposed that children aged 12 to 15 who commit heinous crimes or repeatedly violate the law undergo community-based intervention programs in a residential facility. — Kimberly Jane Tan/KBK, GMA News
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