Anne Curtis took to Twitter to air out her thoughts about the recent approval in a committee of Congress of the bill lowering from age 15 to nine years old the minimum age for criminal responsibility in the Philippines.
She posted, "Nakakalungkot [isipin] na [ibababa] nila ang criminal responsibility to the age of 9. At that age, they are still very much children. They still have a chance to change their ways if they happen to cause or get into any trouble instead of being sent to jail & sentenced as an adult."
According to the Philippine Star, the proposed bill says that "a child at least nine years of age but below 18 would be exempt from criminal liability and be subjected to an intervention program unless they acted with discernment.
"Under the bill approved by the committee, children as young as nine years old who commit serious crimes would be mandatorily confined for rehabilitation and reform at 'Bahay Pag-asa'—youth care facilities that, under the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, are built and run by the local government unit."
Anne was replying to a post from UNICEF Philippines, which pointed out the current lack of funds for the proper implementation of the current law.