THIRTY-FOUR members of the House of Representatives voted against the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old from the current 15 years old.

The list includes Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, widow of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos and a known ally of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The 33 other lawmakers who voted no to House Bill 8858, according to the journal of the January 28 plenary session are as follows:
  • Cavite 1st District Rep. Francis Gerald Abaya
  • Bukidnon 1st District Rep. Ma. Lourdes Acosta-Alba
  • Isabela 4th District Rep. Ma. Lourdes Aggabao
  • Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano
  • Zamboanga del Norte 3rd District Rep. Isagani Amatong
  • Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza
  • Quezon City 3rd District Rep. Jorge Banal
  • Quezon City 6th District Rep. Christopher "Kit" Belmonte
  • Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Gabriel Bordado Jr.
  • Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas
  • Cebu 7th District Rep. Peter John Calderon
  • Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao
  • ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro
  • Taguig-Pateros 2nd District Rep. Pia Cayetano
  • Northern Samar 1st District Rep. Raul Daza
  • Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus
  • Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago
  • Caloocan 2nd District Rep. Edgar Erice
  • Bukidnon 2nd District Rep. Florencio Flores Jr.
  • Agusan del Norte 1st District Rep. Lawrence Fortun
  • Bataan 2nd Distrit Rep. Jose Enrique Garcia III
  • Baguio City Rep. Mark Go
  • Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman
  • Negros Oriental 1st District Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong
  • Manila 4th District Rep. Edward Vera Perez Maceda
  • Bukidnon 4th District Rep. Rogelio Neil Roque
  • AGRI Rep. Orestes Salon
  • Batangas 6th District Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto
  • ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio
  • Nueva Ecija 3rd District Rep. Ria Vergara
  • Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin
  • Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate
  • Bukidnon 3rd District Rep. Manuel Zubiri


Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao earlier criticized the Duterte administration for allowing children to be jailed while setting free the allies of the administration who have been convicted of a crime, among them Imelda Marcos

“We should never forget that the police chose not to arrest former first lady Imelda Marcos, citing her old age, though it was ordered by the Sandiganbayan for being convicted with seven counts of graft, but is now pushing for criminalization of children, we should be by now sensing not just the irrationality of this proposal, but also its prejudice or bias toward those who are or close to those in power,” said Casilao in a statement on January 22.

In November last year, the Sandiganbayan ordered the arrest of Imelda after the court found her guilty of seven counts of graft over her supposed participation in the creation of private organizations in Switzerland while she was Minister of Human Settlements and member of the Congress.

Imelda, who was sentenced to imprisonment from six years to 11 years for each count of graft, remains free after the Sandiganbayan allowed her to post bail while it decides on her pleadings challenging the anti-graft court’s decision. (SunStar Philippines)