Kiko says Duterte’s attack on ‘Pangilinan Law’ is wrong: Young criminals aren’t that many

Kiko says Duterte’s attack on ‘Pangilinan Law’ is wrong: Young criminals aren’t that many

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Tuesday (April 4) refuted President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that the number of youth involved in crime rose since the age of criminal responsibility was raised to 15.

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Tuesday (April 4) refuted President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that the number of youth involved in crime rose since the age of criminal responsibility was raised to 15.

Pangilinan, primary author of Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act of 2006, said statistics from the Philippine National Police for 2016 showed less than 2 percent of reported crimes were committed by minors

“Hence, with due respect, going after minors to address criminality is not the solution,” he said in a text message to reporters.

In a speech on Monday (April 3), Duterte blamed Pangilinan for supposedly making “five or six generations” of Filipinos with “criminal minds” because of the passage of RA 9344, also known as the “Pangilinan Law.”

Despite being at the receiving end of the President’s criticism, Pangilinan said he sees no political motive for Duterte’s tirade.

“In fairness, the President has been critical of the law even when he was mayor of Davao City so no, I do not see this as political. He believes in punitive justice while I believe in restorative justice,” he said.

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