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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord…” (Ephesians 6:4, the Holy Bible).

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TONDO KIDS STAGE GANG-RAPE: While our national leaders are busy battling each other over the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona, young Filipinos are having a heyday committing heinous crimes almost everywhere in the country, as exemplified by the gang-rape of a 20-year old Manila student in Tondo at the height of celebrations for the Chinese New Year Monday, January 23, 2012.

Police said the rape was committed by six teenagers, two of whom were even minors, in a heavily populated area in Tondo, Manila. Reports indicated that the offenders decided on committing the rape when they saw the victim walking alone, at 1 o’clock in the morning.

The same reports indicated likewise that the offenders were not drunk, nor under the influence of illegal drugs when they decided to commit the rape. They were sober, and were just loafing around. It would seem that the decision to rape the victim firmed up when she appeared defenseless, because she was alone.

Luckily for her, barangay tanods chanced upon the incident, sending the rapists scampering away, but not before four of them managed to satisfy their lust on her. Three of them were arrested anyway, including a 17-year old boy. Those arrested furnished the police with the identities of the other rapists, who are all below 19 years of age.

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FILIPINO YOUTH EMBOLDENED TO BECOME CRIMINALS: Many of our leaders in government will say that this rape incident is only an isolated case, and they maybe right, for not all rape incidents get reported to the police and splashed in the media. Some victims and their relatives would rather remain silent and plan vengeance and retaliation at some future time.

But the shocking reality in this country nowadays is that, children have become emboldened to commit crimes, they having become fully aware that those who are 15 years old and below cannot be arrested by the police or by anyone else because of a law authored by Sen. Francis Pangilinan---Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice Law.

And so we see the Filipino youth nonchalantly stealing, engaging in petty thievery and robbery, sniffing rugby and other solvents, pushing illegal drugs and doing other heinous crimes, in full view of the public yet. If Sen. Pangilinan is interested to know, no police officer or barangay tanod would dare touch these minor offenders because his law penalizes them for doing so.

As of now, largely because Filipino children can no longer be arrested even if they commit crimes on the basis of Pangilinan’s law, they can no longer be considered the hope of the fatherland, as Dr. Jose Rizal once declared---they have become the curse of the fatherland instead, and the government does not seem to be interested in helping them.

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WHAT HAS BECOME OF THE FILIPINO YOUTH? What has become of the Filipino youth, Mr. Senator? They have become like their elders---committing crimes with deliberate resolve, buoyed up with the knowledge that they are untouchables and could not be penalized anyway. These are the leaders that this country will have in just a few years, and I shudder to think where their ilk will lead this nation and its people, unless we do something to bring them up “in the training and instruction of the Lord” real fast!

By Atty. Batas Mauricio





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