Perhaps all of us have heard this famous declamation piece, but have we ever looked closer into the depths of the term, “juvenile delinquency?” Will juvenile delinquency be only remembered through a declamation or will juvenile delinquency be given justice through the House Bill 6052, or the amended Juvenile Justice Welfare Act. The bill claims the lowering of the criminal liability of youth to 12 years old. Many have contested the bill claiming several arguments: it is against the welfare of youth, that the maturity of a child begins at 18 and lastly, and lastly, the bill does not properly address the growing number of youth crimes. These people have not been properly informed regarding the bill. It is necessary and rightfully in time to lower the criminal liability of youth offenders in the Philippines to the age of 12.
People anti-HB 6052 were misled I their claim that the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act is against the welfare of youth offenders. Criminal liability does not necessarily mean, imprisoning youth offenders. Juvenile delinquents, in accordance with the house bill, are subject to the custody of DSWD or any licensed both government and non-government agencies. A youth offender, once proven guilty, undergoes an extensive rehabilitation program. The bill mandates that Children in conflict with the law or CICLs are not to be treated like an adult crime offender (Tubianosa, 2012). Therefore, lowering the criminal liability of the youth in the Philippines does not prohibit their exercise of rights but rather it asserts it. As the name of the house bill connotes, “Juvenile Justice Welfare Act”, it strengthens the juvenile justice systems, catering to the needs of the youth