Brilliant argument of young lawyer from Ateneo makes Senator Hontiveros, antis of lowering age of criminal liability out of touch with reality!

While Risa Hontiveros and the rest of the opposition politicians are against the lowering the age of criminality liability, this lawyer made a brilliant case why Hontiveros and the antis sucks.

Hontiveros wants to do the opposition by making the age of criminality liability higher.

Lawyer Carlo Ybanez shared one’s personal experience while acting as the lawyer of a young girl who was a victim of gang rape involving minors to make his case.

Ybanez Facebook post has been making the rounds online, gathering 3,786 shares, 6,146 reactions and 502 comments since he published it on January 23, 2019.

One of the reasons I am totally for the lowering of the age of criminal liability is because I’ve seen the flaws of the old law in my legal practice. I’ve handled a lot of cases where kids over 9 and below 15 have escaped liability. Pero there is one case that we handled that’s above it all.

I didn’t want to narrate this case because, I feared that I may be violating lawyer-client privilege. And I might get a violent reaction from the parents. Pero, I will not name names and I will be as vague as possible.

Eto po ang kwento. Totoong kaso na hinawakan ko.

Matagal na itong kasong ito. Bagong bago pa lang ang batas na nagtataas ng criminal liability age to 15. So, nung nangyari ito. Totally exempt na from criminal liability ang below 15 years old.

Rape case ito. At hindi lang rape. Gang rape. Tatlong batang lalaki (14 years old), nirape ang classmate nila (14 years old din).

Sa madaling salita. Abswelto sa kriminal liability ang mga batang lalaki.

Isipin ninyo ano ang nararamdaman nuong batang babae. Gano kahirap kaya bago niya naikwento sa magulang niya ang dinanas niya? Iniisip niya na matutulungan siya ng magulang niya at ng batas.

Pero noong pumunta ang mga magulang sa mga abugado, ano ang sanabi sa kanila ng abugado, “sorry po. Wala kaming magagawa”.

Bilang magulang. Ano ang sasabihin mo sa anak mo kung nangyari ito. “Sorry anak, wala tayong magagawa”.

Tapos titingin siya sa kabila, makikita niya yung tatlong batang lalaki na nakangiti at iniisip na, “ni-rape ka namin at wala kang magagawa”.

Ano na kaya ang naramdaman ng batang na-rape at walang makuhang hustisya?

Tignan natin ang side ng mga batang lalaki. Dahil hindi sila criminally liable, tingin nyo ba pinagsisisihan nila ginawa nila? Tingin niyo ba magbabago sila?

Or hindi kaya, lumala pa ang pagka kriminal nila at madala nila ito hanggat katandaan?

Nasan na kaya sila ngayon?

Actual na kaso ito. Isang patunay na hindi lahat ng bata inosente. Ang sinsasabi ko ay simple. Protektahan natin ang mga batang inosente. Pero biyan ng criminal liability ang mga batang kriminal.

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