WITH the increasing number of juvenile delinquents in the country, various quarters concede that there’s that urgent need to adopt a comprehensive system to deal with young criminals.
And no less than the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) wants a better system and program to transform erring youngsters into productive citizens as they grow old.
What is important here is the system and the program of the rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law (CICL), according to PNP chief Director-General Oscar “Odie” D. Albayalde.
“We have to give children a chance to rehab themselves and probably to reintegrate them into the society and become productive citizens,” said the hard-hitting 4-star police general.
Albayalde supports the highly-controversial proposal to lower the age of criminal liability from 15 to 12 years old considering the rising number of crimes being committed by minors these days.
And the strict but fair PNP chief was quick to assure the Filipino people that the men and women in police uniform would strictly implement the measure once it is approved with finality.
For his part, newly-installed PNP spokesman S/Supt. Bernard M. Banac said the country’s premier law enforcement arm will always enforce the country’s laws without fear or favor.
Last year, the PNP registered a total of 7,147 CICL cases, including 150 acts of lasciviousness.
Of course, we are heartened that the government, through the PNP which is civilian in nature but national in scope, is paying attention to the mushrooming number of wayward youngsters.
We are all for this.