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On June 30, as Duterte was sworn in, they introduced a bill into the Philippine Congress that could allow children as young as nine to be targeted in a crackdown that has since claimed more than 7, lives. Boys undergoing drug rehabilitation attend a lesson inside a government run drug rehabilitation centre in Bicutan, Metro Manila, in Philippines December 12, National police chief Ronald Dela Rosa recently announced that he was suspending anti-narcotics operations, which have killed more than 2, people, while the force rids itself of corrupt cops.
The announcement came after it emerged last month that drug squad officers had killed a South Korean businessman at national police headquarters.
The killing of drug suspects has continued, albeit at a slower pace, with most following the pattern of killings that police have blamed on vigilantes. Human rights monitors believe vigilantes have killed several thousand people and operate in league with the police — a charge the police deny.
Duterte has signaled he intends to continue his drug war. In late January, he said the campaign would run until his presidency ends in A controversial bill to restore the death penalty, another presidential priority, is also expected to pass the House of Representatives by mid-year, according to Duterte allies in Congress.
Supporters of the bill to lower the age of criminality say holding young children liable will discourage drug traffickers from exploiting them.
Opponents, including opposition lawmakers and human rights groups, are appalled at a move they say will harm children without evidence it will reduce crime. And a branch of the police responsible for protecting women and children disputes the claim that children are heavily involved in the drug trade — a claim not supported by official data.
Opponents warn that lowering the age of criminality would further strain a juvenile justice system that is struggling to cope. At worst, they say, with a drug war raging nationwide, the bill could legitimize the killing of minors. Some police officers working on the streets agree with Dela Rosa.
By their early teens, some become delivery boys and then dealers and users, said Tomas. Child rights experts say the legislation could put children in the firing line. They point to the deadly precedent set in the southern city of Davao, where Duterte pioneered his hard-line tactics as mayor.
The Coalition Against Summary Execution, a Davao-based rights watchdog, documented 1, vigilante-style killings in the city between and Of those victims, were 17 or younger.
He denied any involvement in the killings. The four year old was fatally wounded in August when police in an anti-narcotics operation shot at her father, the two Manila-based advocacy groups said. Unidentified gunmen shot dead Ericka Fernandez, 17, in a Manila alley on October 26, police said.
Her bloody Barbie doll was collected as evidence. In countries including England, Northern Ireland and Switzerland it is 10, according to the website of the Child Rights International Network, a research and advocacy group. In Scotland, children as young as eight can be held criminally responsible, but the government is in the process of raising the age limit to But less than two percent of those minors, or about children, were delivering or selling drugs.
Only 12 percent, or 2, were aged 15 or younger. Most of the 24, minors were listed as drug users. The WCPC is not pushing to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility, said Sandoval, but if the age is to be lowered, his department recommends a minimum age of 12, not 9.
Of these, only 80 were under the age of The legislation runs counter to scientific knowledge about child development and would result not in lower crime rates but in more children being detained, Taguiwalo wrote in a letter to the House of Representatives in October.
Hidden by a high wall topped with metal spikes, the Valenzuela youth detention center in northern Manila is already operating at twice its capacity. The government-run center, which currently houses boys aged 13 to 17 for up to a year, is considered a model facility in the Philippines. Edited by David Lague and Peter Hirschberg.Looking for conferences events in Manila?
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The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) announced this on Wednesday (October 31) in a press conference in Quezon City. The 27 th FAPA Congress will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Address: Vicente Sotto Street, Pasay, Metro Manila The PICC is a convention center located in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP Complex) in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES METRO MANILA Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-third day of July, (REPUBLIC ACT ) consciousness among the youth and shall develop their physical moral, spiritual intellectual and social well-being.