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SAMAHAN CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF MICHELLE LUBATON

SAMAHAN CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF MICHELLE LUBATON

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SAMAHAN CONDEMNS THE MURDER OFMICHELLE LUBATON
The Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Pamantasan ng Ateneo de Davao(SAMAHAN) mourns over the tragic death of fellow Atenean, Michelle AaronLubaton, who was brutally stabbed to death by a minor.
Michelle sustained seven stab wounds inside her room at GKMK Apartment inPonce Street, Barangay 28-C Poblacion, Davao City at around 2:30am on 12 April2011. She was declared dead on arrival at the Southern Philippines MedicalCenter.The suspect, 17, is now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare andDevelopment (DSWD). Under the Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice andWelfare Act of 2006,
“a child above 15 years but below 18 years of age shall be
exempt from criminal liability and be subjected to an intervention program, unlesshe/she has acted with discernment, in which such child shall be subjected to theappropriate proceedings in accordance with this Act (Chapter 2, Section 6)
.” 
While we respect the noble intentions of Sen. Francis Pangilinan who authored theAct together with the rest of the lawmakers of the 13
th
Congress of the Philippineswho passed it into a law to protect the welfare of the Filipino child, the RA 9344has become a saving grace for youth offenders who abuse their immunity fromany criminal liability. Even if they are not exempted from civil liability, they do nothave the financial capacity to compensate their victims. Most often, these youthoffenders have nothing in life which lead them to commit petty crimes. Moreover,
the law does not clearly state who is held liable for cases like that of Michelle’s
offender. The policemen stand helpless.But for such a heinous crime as murder, an intervention program by DSWD mightbe too insignificant as a consequence to the criminal. Do our local interventionprograms prove to be effective in rehabilitating juvenile delinquents? How about

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