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march13.2013Bill strengthening Juvenile Justice System in bicam panel

march13.2013Bill strengthening Juvenile Justice System in bicam panel

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Bill strengthening Juvenile Justice System in bicam panel
The bill providing just and proficient parameters in the treatment of children inconflict with the law, or youth offenders who acted with discernment, is being finalized bya Senate-House conference panel before ratification by both chambers.House Bill 6052 and Senate Bill 3324 seek to strengthen the Juvenile JusticeSystem in the country, amending Republic Act 9344 or the “Juvenile Justice and WelfareAct of 2006.”HB 6052 is in substitution of six separate but related measures consolidated andsponsored in plenary by the Committee on Revision of Laws chaired by Rep. Marlyn L.Primicias-Agabas (6
th
District, Pangasinan).“We are hoping that the bicameral conference panel would, before adjournment of the 15th Congress in June, be able to reconcile conflicting provisions of the proposedstatute, special provisions related to the covered age-range of youthful offenders,” theauthors said.Under the House measure, the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council, which iscurrently attached to the Department of Justice, shall, upon enactment of the measure, beattached to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and placed under thelatter’s administrative supervision.The JJVVC is also mandated, among others, to conduct every three years a study onthe age of discernment of Filipino children, which shall be the basis for legislative reviewof the minimum age of criminal responsibility.HB 6052 defines a youthful offender as a child above 12 but at least 15 years of agewho acted with discernment and a child above 15 years old but under 18 years of age atthe time of the alleged commission of a criminal offense.The House measure also suspends the sentence of a child 12 years of age or under and a child above 12 years old but at least 15 years of age who acted with discernment andwas found guilty of an offense, but mandates that the child be committed to a repositoryinstitution or to the custody of the DSWD or any duly licensed agency.However, the authors said that if the child failed to comply with the conditions of the repository institutions mentioned, the child would be returned to the committing courtfor the imposition of the penalty upon reaching 18 years of age.Furthermore, they explained that if the offense charged is murder, parricide,
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