Celebrities including Dingdong Dantes and Anne Curtis took their stand about the issue on Twitter.
The new proposed House bill that seeks to lower the age of criminal liability is currently a hot topic on social media. Some celebrities and social advocates like Dingdong Dantes and Anne Curtis took their stand on Twitter, about the issue.
On the day it was approved by the House Committee last Monday January 21, Dingdong tweeted, "Agree ako sa iyo, (Chel Diokno) Crucial stage ang childhood and adolescence to one's development. These are periods where psychological, emotional, social and physical aspects are strongly influenced by the surroundings and are formed," he said along with a shared video from senatorial candidate, Chel Diokno.
In another tweet, Dingdong talked about an alternative way of helping the Filipino youth. Instead of focusing on criminalizing children, the government should invest more on creating an enabling environment that will allow young people to be productive members of the society.
Another known celebrity and a UNICEF ambassador, Anne Curtis, also expressed her thoughts on the new proposed bill. "Nakakalungkot (isipin) na ibaba nila ang criminal responsibility to the age of 9. At that age, they are still very much children," she said.
"They still have a chance to change their ways if they happen to cause or get into any trouble instead of being sent to jail & sentenced as an adult," she continued, along with an original post from UNICEF Philippines.
Singer and songwriter, Ebe Dencel and spoken word artist, Juan Miguel Severo also reacted on the issue.
While netizens have mixed opinions about the matter, the bill is set to be filed in the Senate.