Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Dahil kay Kiko ito! Iloilo councilor says minors exploiting Pangilinan act to break law

The law authored by Sen. Francis Pangilinan has given minors in Iloilo City a loophole to violate local ordinances, such as serving of alcoholic drinks.

City councilor Joshua Alim said some minors exploit ordinances that shield them from criminal liability.

“They ask adults to buy drinks for them … and they invoke the Pangilinan Law!” he said, referring to Republic Act 9344, raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 9 to 15.

Under the law, persons 15 years old and below cannot be imprisoned even for heinous crimes such as rape and murder.

Alim also sought a review of the city’s ordinances imposing a curfew and a liquor ban on minors, noting these do not appear to be enforced properly.

He voiced alarm over the involvement of teenagers in several recent altercations in the city, including a rumble last March 11, where those involved were served alcoholic drinks in a disco club.

The serving of such drinks was a “flagrant violation” of the ordinance banning selling liquoir to minors, he said.

For now, Alim urged the city council’s committee on police matters chaired by Councilor Jeffrey Ganzon to remind owners of establishments of the city ordinances against selling liquor to minors.

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