There’s Now The Compelling Need To Amend ASAP RA9344
There is now the compelling need to amend as soon as possible RA9344 or the Juvenile WelfareAct. This law on the so-called “minors”, exempts them of criminal liabilities if they would commitcriminal acts.However, based on what were happening during the past years, many “minors” who committedcrimes for whatever were the reasons were freed from criminal liabilities by not incarceratingor punishing them. This is a strange way of considering to forgive what criminals have hadcommitted against their fellowmen. Some crimes being committed have even involved closerelatives.The freeing of “minor” criminals sans punishments is an act of instilling tolerance to misdeed or wrongdoings which ought to be countered with arrest and jailing of the violators, not exemption.Exempting from criminal liabilities the so-called “minors” who committed crimes is incurringinjustice to the victims and their respective families who have been graving for the lost of their loved ones.The illogical and intolerable consideration granted by the law on favoring the “minor” criminalswould only teach them to become abusive and spoiled brats,which,if RA 9344 would not beamended now, the injustice suffered by the victims of crimes would then reach the uncontrollablestage that may become hard to contain by the law enforcers themselves.If our legislators are really sincere in amending the above-mentioned law which would trulyclassify who are those considered as minors, in a real sense, then I would like to suggest that westart at 9 years old and below for both boys and girls. Matter-of-factly,my suggestion of age bracket for minors has coincided with what Congress has proposed/planned as reported by aCebu-based and Manila-based daily. Nevertheless,in case a 9 years old would commit a crime,he/she should be subjected to sessionalrehabilitation. A psychologist or social worker who has sufficient knowledge/background ontherapeutic counseling should inculcate on the concerned minor/s the importance of acquiring thevirtues of patience,sacrifice,industry,determination,perseverance,endurance,hope and courage. It islikewise imperative to instill in them good christian values,good manners and right conduct,and toteach them what is right and what is wrong.Our lawmakers should not dilly-dally in amending the Juvenile Welfare Act so that crimescommitted by the so-called “minors” would not remain unabated. Enough is enough in allowing 17years old or below guys or gals to be exempted from criminal liabilities and remain unpunished.The unjustifiable exemption is prejudicial to fair play among the victims of crimes wherein due process of law was being scrapped.The17 years olds, 16 years olds, fifteen years old down to twelve and ten years olds can alreadyunderstand what they were doing, whether it is right or wrong. Much more if the parents of theseaforesaid ages have inculcated Christian values as part of the families’ disciplines.