Monday, March 30, 2009

Two incidents to remind Sen Pangilinan of his Stupid Law

Boy, 14, stabs man he claimed stole his phone
By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:09:00 03/28/2009

MANILA, Philippines – Police arrested a 14-year-old who allegedly stabbed dead a neighbor whom he accused of stealing his cell phone in Pasay City Friday.

Aside from the minor, police also held his older brother and their cousin who allegedly helped him beat up and stab the victim.

Senior Supt. Raul Petrasanta, Pasay police chief, identified the boy’s brother as Alvin Wabie, 27, and their cousin as Allan Mesias, 30.

Petrasanta said they already turned over the minor to the city social welfare office.

He said the victim, Leo Noel Caturan, 28, was inside an Internet shop on Leonardo Street, Barangay 61 at about 2:30 a.m. when Mesias arrived and asked him to go outside.

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Cebu girl, 13, raped and slain
Suspects are youngsters

By Jhunnex Napallacan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:56:00 03/28/2009

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A 13-year-old girl was gang-raped by six youngsters, aged 13 to 19, and then stabbed 60 times until dead, police said.

The gruesome attack happened past 9 p.m. on March 25 but was discovered the following evening after one of the suspects surrendered to the police and admitted his participation in the crime.

The girl lived in the Looc district of neighboring Lapu-Lapu City. Police said she was a neighbor, supposedly even a friend, of the teenagers who molested and killed her.

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My take:

These are the things that should happen to KC Concepcion if only to drive home the point to her father that Republic Act 9344, otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 (JJWA) is one of the most stupid laws in the world. While other countries are reducing the age of decernment of their youth, Philippines took a giant step backward (nearly bringing it back to the dark ages--if we are not there yet) when the Stupid Pangilinan Law practically absolved people below 18 years old. Other countries are increasing the rights--and liabilities--of people when they reach the age of 16 while here in the Philippines, we officially believe that citizens below 18 years old still do not know how to think responsibly, therefore should not be held accountable. God bless our country...we need it very very badly.

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