Nalzaro: Menor de edad gihapon

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Thursday, August 14, 2014


APAS sumpay gihapon kini sa atong lindog ka gahapon kabahin sa Republic Act 9344 or Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2004, diin naghatag kini og exemption sa criminal liability sa mga menor de edad nga nakahimo og salaod. Kagahapon atong napatik dinhi ang Section 6 sa maong balaod nga ang 15 anyos paubos dili mapasakaan og kaso ug mataral sa hukmanan. Samtang ang 15 hangtod sa 18 anyos sutaon pa kon nahibawo ba sila ilang nahimong krimen. Kon sa iningles pa “acting with discernment.”

Asa man dad-on ang menor de edad kon makahimo og krimen? Base sa Section 20 sa maong balaod nagkanayon. ‘Children below the age of criminal responsibility--If it has been determined that the child taken into custody if 15 years old or below, the authority which will have an initial contact with the child has the duty to immediately release the child to the custody of his/her parents or guardian or in the absence thereof, the child’s nearest relative. Said authority shall give notice to the local social welfare and development officer who will determine the appropriate programs in consultation with the child and to the person having custody over the child. If the parents, guardian or nearest relatives cannot be located of if they refuse to take custody, the child maybe released to any of the following: a duly registered non government or religious organization; a barangay official or a member of the barangay council for the protection of children (BCPC); a local social welfare and development officer, or when and where appropriate, the DSWD; If the child referred to herein has been found by the local Social Welfare and Development Office to be abandoned, neglected or abused by his parents or in the event that the parents will not comply with the prevention program, the proper petition for involuntary commitment shall be filed by the DSWD or the local social welfare and development office pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 603 otherwise known as ‘The child and youth welfare code.’

Kining maong probisyon usa sa mga na-amendar ubos sa Republic Act 10630 nga nagkana­yon nga kon ang menor de edad makahimo og hienous crime sama sa murder, paricide, infanticide, kidnapping ug uban pang krimen adto siya ibutang sa special facility o ‘Bahay Pag-asa’ o kining gitawag og intensive juvenile intervention and support center.

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Kon ato gud nga basahon ang kinatibuk-ang unod aning maong balaod, halos tanang probisyon pabor ngadto sa akusado nga menor de edad.

Walay da­­g-a­nan ang nga awtoridad. Mao kini nag gibasihan ni Asst. City Prosecutor Alex Gabud sa pagsalindot sa kaso niadtong 14 anyos nga babaye nga nadakpan sa mga awtoridad nga diin por lominus P6 milyones nga balor sa drugas ang nasakmit gikan sa iyang posisyon. Mao lagi kining akong gi-ingon nga panahon na nga i- repaso kining maong balaod kon angay ba nga i-amendar kay ang mga sindikato sa drugas migamit na sa mga menor de edad.

(bobby.nalzaro@yahoo.com)

Gipatik sa mantalaang SuperBalita Cebu Agosto 15, 2014.

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