By Nathalie Blanco, Multimedia Producer, Krusada
Posted at 11/21/2011 7:10 PM | Updated as of 11/23/2011 11:31 AM Anchor: Henry Omaga-Diaz
Juvenile Delinquents: These children put up a face that brings fear and a sense of defiance. In return, society denounces them with intense aversion, forgetting that they are children who are just in need of greater guidance. Formally, a Child in Conflict with the Law (CICL) is a person who at the time of the commission of the offense is below eighteen years old but not less than 15 years and one day old. In this Krusada episode, Henry Omaga Diaz posited imperative questions: Are the Children in Conflict with the Law considered as young criminals or are they actually victims of society? Should they undergo the Criminal Justice System like the rest? How does the government respond to children who have committed serious crimes? More importantly, what can we do to help them?
According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), there are more than 2,600 juvenile delinquency cases reported in 2009. A year later, the number reduced to 1,200. However, DSWD claims that there are still many unreported cases in the country. Restorative Justice for Youth Offenders
“Gab” always takes off his shirt and shows off his tattoos for everyone to see the signs of his ‘strength’; when in truth, he only had himself inked out of peer pressure.
Henry Omaga-Diaz interviews Gab and his friend
At 16 years old, he has gone in and out of rehabilitation centres; even the city jail once, for committing burglary, marijuana and solvent abuse and theft numerous times. Every night, he hangs out with his group of fellow youth offenders to smoke and pickpocket. At three in the morning, they break into houses. In three to five minutes, he says he could steal money, mobile phones and jeweleries. He had constant practice since ten years old. His biggest single loot was P3,000. It is more than enough to buy some...