06 May 2017

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On the Pulse Asia Survey on the Minimum Age of Criminal Liability
The latest Pulse Asia Survey shows that 55% of Filipinos favor keeping the minimum age of criminal liability at 15 years old.

The stance of the President, however, remains unchanged. Lowering the age of criminal liability is part of the legislative agenda of President Duterte as a means to ensure that the Filipino youth would accept responsibility for their actions and be subjected to government intervention programs. It will also protect them from being utilized by criminal elements as frontline perpetrators of criminal acts.

What the survey shows is that there is still a lot of work to be done, especially in explaining to Filipinos, on the rationale behind lowering the minimum age of criminal liability.

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella –  On the Philippines stands by its statement on Callamard
Ms. Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur, has issued a statement rejecting the Spokesperson’s claim that the Philippine Government had not been informed in advance of her trip here to take part in a conference, and that such was not an official visit.

She conveniently failed to disclose that when the UNHCHR office in Geneva informed the Philippine Mission there, the Mission asked her to reconsider the trip since Philippine officials would be in Geneva at the same time for the Universal Periodic Review, and were expecting to see her, that being the appropriate venue to meet.

Her delayed reply came on the day she left for the Philippines. This was neither timely nor proper courtesy accorded to a sovereign nation. We stand by our statement.