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Rather than 9-year old kids, jail corrupt officials and rights violators

As the House of Representatives Committee on Justice approved the draft of the proposed legislation to lower the age for criminal liability Monday, Jan. 21, more groups advocating children and youth welfare in Northern Luzon expressed condemnation and calls on the government to pursue cases and jail corrupt officials and violators of human rights instead.

Opposition mounts against lowering of age for criminal liability

The Cordillera Youth Center (CYC) added its voice against the move of the House of Representatives’ Justice Committee to fast-track the proceedings for the bills seeking to repeal the Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, that exempts children 15 years old and below from criminal liability.

Amended terrorist petition against CPP-NPA a “legal fiction” – NDFP

The chief negotiator of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) today, Jan. 18 called the amended petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippine and the New People’s Army as terrorist organizations as “a piece of legal fiction with dire consequences for the people.”

PNP profiling of ACT members continues

Week after the Department of Education assured the protection of personal information of Alliance of Concerned Teachers members in accordance with the Data Privacy Act, incidents of policemen asking for records and whereabouts of ACT members continue to surface, now with specific individuals being targeted.

Teachers protest against PNP profiling, threats

Members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers protest against the government’s harassment of its members and efforts to vilify the organization on January 11. The PNP Intelligence Directorate ordered the profiling of ACT members in different schools in the country. Its secretary general and regional coordinator for Central Luzon also received death threats on January 11 and 12, respectively. ACT leaders across the country were in Bagui City on Juanuary 11-13 for its 5th National Leadership Training.

DOJ amended proscription sans names of activists, remains a threat

Groups whose leaders and members were named in the original proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations said the mere existence of the document remains a threat to activists and government critics in the country.