Child crimes: Three minors punched, slapped, and beat up a 15-year-old girl in Taguig City yesterday.
The suspects also targeted and robbed the victim’s friends.
In a cellphone video, the suspects were seen beating the victim, who is also a minor. One of the suspects was still wearing a uniform.
It seems like the one holding the cellphone was having fun while filming the incident. She was even commanding the suspects to hit the unfortunate victim’s head in the car.
The victim could do nothing but cry. According to her, she was surprised when the group suddenly confronted and beat her.
She and her companions reported the group to the police. But after they did this, the suspects then targeted the victim’s friends.
This time, it included two gay men who were leading the beating.
The victim’s parents are concerned about their child’s safety.
Apart from the beating, the suspects even robbed their children of the cellphone.
Child crimes in the Philippines
PNP’s data shows that there had been hundreds of cases involving children aged 11 and under since 2016.
In 2018, the Philippine National Police-Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) said physical injury is the most committed crime by minors.
A total of 2,256 incidents of physical injury committed by minors were reported to the desk of PNP-WCPC for 2018, higher than 2017’s record of 2,086 incidents.
Theft was the second most committed crime by minors in 2018 at 1,517 from 877 in 2017.
On 28 January 2019, the House of Representatives passed a bill proposing to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years to 12 years with a vote of 146-34-0.