Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio slammed Senator Risa Hontiveros for opposing the bill lowering the age of criminal liability even after the House of Representatives revised the proposed nine years old threshold to 12.
“The Madame who said that lowering the age of criminal liability to 12 years old as immoral, unscientific and ineffective is clearly out of touch with reality,” the Presidential daughter said in an Instagram post.
Duterte was pertaining to Hontiveros who had earlier called both the first proposal and the revised version “immoral, unscientific and ineffective,” saying there is no sense in debating whether the minimum age should be 12 or nine years old.
“There is really no difference. Can a 12 year old compared to a nine year old get married, get a driver’s license, participate in elections, buy alcohol and watch R-16/18 films? The obvious answer is no,” Hontiveros said.
But Duterte said Hontiveros does not regularly read police reports, talk to social workers or work on important issues to make a valid claim.
“This Madame and her like-minded friends compare other well-developed countries to the Philippines as if the culture, the psyche, the circumstances are the same,” she added.
Read her full Instagram post below:
“The Madame who said that lowering the age of criminal liability to 12 years old as immoral, unscientific and ineffective is clearly out of touch with reality. This person has not regularly read police reports, have not talked to social welfare workers or has worked on grassroots issues. This Madame and her like minded friends compare other well developed countries to the Philippines as if the culture, the psyche, the circumstances are the same. What I would give to lock you in a room for one night with a 13 year old Sukarap gang member, para makatilaw ka. Eto pa, hindi sila criminal, they are children in conflict with the law. Eh dba its the same banana? Ladies and gentlemen, children are capable of commiting crimes. Put that in your head. Wag na sana kayo mag pretend na anghel ang mga bata, wala po tayo sa langit. We have documented cases of 12,13,14 year old children committing rape, murder, theft, robbery, drug smuggling, drug peddling even arson. If you do not want them in jail with adults put them in your child in conflict with the law age appropriate jail. The issues may be a complicated web of poverty, illiteracy, broken families, abuse and a simpleton Madame (who supports children criminals for the reason that they are children. phew) but all these are no excuse to spare the rod and let the problem of underage criminals fester. Take your head out of your butthole Madame and walk Metro Manila streets at night. Alone. Awon nato.”