Proposed Philippine law that will send children as young as 12 to jail stirs heated debate

Activists holding placards rally against the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility in front of the Senate building in Manila on Jan 25, 2019.
Activists holding placards rally against the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility in front of the Senate building in Manila on Jan 25, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

MANILA - A proposed law lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 to 12 is stirring up a maelstrom in the Philippines, as backers of the measure square off with activists over when children could be held criminally responsible for their actions and sent to jail.

The Bill, approved on Monday (Jan 21) by the House of Representatives' justice committee, originally set the age at nine.

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