In the Philippines, children below 18 years of age seem to be exempted from regular punishment when they commit a crime. When convincted, the child criminal is placed under the care of the social welfare department instead of putting him in jail. Now, there is a motion to repeal this law for obvious reasons – criminals are using the minors for their crime activities. The notorious gang of thieves would have a minor as the one to make a break-in. When successful, the minor would simply unlock the door so his cohorts can enter the house to be robbed. When unsuccessful, the minor is caught and deposited to the social welfare authorities but after a month would be freed on probation. But in most cases, those arrested would be a repeat offender. The motion now is to bring down the exemption to 15 years old to mean that a 16-year old is considered an adult and will undergo regular trial when arrested for a crime. But there is another motion to bring down the exemption to 12 years old so that even as young as 13, the child criminal can be punished fairly and squarely. What do you think about that?