Pangilinan hits back at Duterte over ‘most stupid’ legal counselor comment
Senator Francis Pangilinan hit back against President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday for calling him the “most stupid” lawyer for authoring the Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.
The law exempts minors below 15 years old from criminal liability, which Duterte said has allowed young offenders to escape charges regardless of the severity of the crime committed.
But for Pangilinan, the President should address the pressing problems of the country instead of throwing insults at him.
“Instead of resorting to insulting his critics, it would be better if Malacañang focuses on bringing down the prices of basic goods and on going after the big time drug syndicates running circles around the BoC (Bureau of Customs) and the PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency),” he told.
Crime situation in the country
Duterte earlier admitted that the crime situation in the country has worsened and the “great injustice” began after Pangilinan authored the law on juvenile justice and welfare.
He stated, in any case, that he isn’t attempting to demolish Pangilinan yet he just needs to express concern with respect to the issue.
Prior, Senate President Vicente Sotto III recorded Senate Bill 2026, which tries to change the law and lower the time of criminal risk to 12 years of age.
A few gatherings for youngsters’ rights have pummeled the move, guaranteeing Sotto’s premise is a “defective contention” and a “misinformed arrangement.”