Monday, June 10, 2013

WCPD Boracay, hands-off in commenting regarding amendments on Juvenile Justice Law

The Women and Children Protection Desk Boracay is at the moment hands-off in commenting about the proposed amendments on Juvenile Justice Law.

In an interview with WCPD Chief SPO1 Lyn Ibanes of the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC), she said she could not be able to comment or react on the proposed amendment until it has been approved.

Ibanes added that she has no idea yet on what changes are proposed to be imposed on Republic Act 9344 or also known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.

In the island of Boracay, there are reports of minors being involved in law violating activities.

However, the Boracay PNP, particularly the WCPD, admits that they are having difficulty dealing with minors who repeatedly involve their selves with theft, begging, and vagrancy.

Since they could not file a case against these children, they entrust them to the Department of Social Welfare and Development or DSWD.

The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 states that only those ages 18 and above can be sued with a criminal offense.

If the amendment will be approved, the age bracket will possibly go down from 18 to 15 years old.

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