President Rodrigo Duterte during his installation as the Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in Malacañang, April 3, 2017.
President Rodrigo Duterte criticized Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan for the immediate passage of the bill that raises the age of criminal liability to 15 years old.
The President made the statement during his installation as the Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in Malacañang on Monday.
President Duterte said that problems in peace and order posed by criminality and illegal drug operations in the country have increased due to lack of corrective measures against offenders who have committed crimes at a young age.
“The problem with Pangilinan, he was too in a hurry. He passed the law, then we produce about 5-6 generations of people who committed crimes and released on the same day irrespective of the gravity of the offense. And now that they have grown older, we have produced people who are of criminal minds. That is why it is hard to stop the drug problem now because they have gone in and out of jail to destroy you,” he said.
President Duterte explained to the boy scouts and cub scouts the reason for the war on drugs.
“When we grow old, you will be the ones to take care of us. But if you are all high on drugs, what would happen to us? That’s what I’ve been telling people,” he said.
He also suggested the reinstatement of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program to teach the youth about responsibility and to encourage them to serve the country.
“The missing link between their generation and ours is the fear to violate the law — it’s gone. Even the sense of obedience is gone. So I’ll make it (ROTC) mandatory during my time. There should be conscription. You should render duty to your country. It will be hard if you’re not prepared,” said Duterte. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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