“The House leadership pulled the strings to close the curtain on the period of interpellation and debate — despite the fact that the bill’s sponsor has failed to convincingly and substantially explain the rationale for rushing the measure. This is a cowardly act to constrict the space for legislative scrutiny of the patently insane measure.”
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“Jailing children…is punitive instead of corrective. It deprives instead of fulfilling rights, and exemplifies cruelty instead of compassion.”
“The proposed legislation aims nothing but to put the blame on children in conflict with the law and punish them behind bars.”
Government should prioritize programs to solve poverty, rather than punish children who are only victims of an unjust society.
“Children are victims of circumstances that are beyond their control.”