Preda Opens Petition to Philippine Senators
May 28, 2012 · By Fr. Shay Cullen
The Philippine House of Representatives has passed a law amending Republic Act 9344 reducing the age of criminal liability to 12 year old. The children even if only accused can be treated as criminals and be jailed with adults until they can prove they are minors. Many are abandoned street kids and cant prove their age. They get abused in the prison.
Preda has begun a petition campaign to the Senators of the Philippines to reject any amendment to the existing juvenile Justice Welfare bill RA 9344.
The senate can ignore the matter or vote to leave it as it is and protect children from the horrors of jail where they suffer serious harm and are denied their human and children’s rights. At 12 year old they are in danger of being beaten and abused by other older inmates and even sexually abused when put in cells with adult criminals.
Please send an email of your own or use the sample below.
Fr. Shay Cullen
Dear Honorable Senators,
This is an appeal to you to please reject any attempt to amend the Juvenile Justice Welfare Bill RA 9344 which protects children from the brutality and dehumanizing conditions of jails. The law presently gives them protection and help by diversion and rehabilitation.
They ought not to be charged with crimes and put on trial at 12-years old. Children are led astray by adult criminals and parents and guardians neglecting the children.
The law should bring them to answer for their neglect of the children and the bad example they give, Each child is a child of God and has rights and dignity that must be respected .
The present Philippine law RA 9344 which was passed first by you honorable Senators is progressive and enlightened. Please do not allow it to be changed. Protect children at all times, especially from going to jail where they are being abused. They need protection and education.
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