Filipino kids no longer the hope, but the curse, of RP PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 November 2015 13:04



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them…” (Proverbs 13:24, the Holy Bible).

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17 YEARL OLD CEBUANA ROBBED OF HER ENROLLMENT MONEY: Trisha Gubaton, a 17 year old Cebuana student, appears to have been robbed of her capacity to enroll for the second semester of School Year 2015-2016, and, if police are to be believed, she has no one else to blame but former Sen. Francis Pangilinan, who is running as senator once more under the Liberal Party.

Why is this so? Well, Trisha lost her bag containing her enrollment money of P20,000.00 and Iphone 6s worth P46,000.00 to a four or five-year old girl who, video footages later showed, was used by a man and a woman, apparently the girl’s parents, to steal Trisha’s bag inside a fast food restaurant in Leon Kilat St., in Cebu City last Tuesday morning (November 03, 2015).

Police Senior Inspector Rolito Supatan,  theft and robbery section chief of the Cebu City Police Department, told mediamen that the little girl was used by a syndicate that employs children because minors cannot be sent to jail, under a law authored by Pangilinan. And why can’t minors be sent to jail even if they commit crimes?

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PANGILINAN’S LAW ON KIDS FEARED BY LAW ENFORCERS: This is because of the Juvenile Justice Law, a law authored by then Sen. Pangilinan, that not only prohibits, but also severely penalizes any policeman or any other government official or private person arresting minors even if they are caught committing even the most heinous crimes.

This law of Pangilinan has in fact sown terror in the hearts and minds not only of the authorities in Cebu City but in many other areas of the Philippines as well. Consequently, no policeman or even barangay officials would now touch children criminals with a 10-foot pole, for fear of being criminally and administratively charged under Pangilinan’s law.

In fact, when I delivered a peace and conflict resolution seminar at the Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila last October 25, 2015, I was told that regular riots and criminality among older people have gone passé in the place. They have been replaced with riots and criminality among children who proverbially have not even discarded their baby fat.

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FILIPINO YOUTH NO LONGER THE HOPE, BUT NOW THE CURSE, OF THE COUNTRY: If Pangilinan is not going to do anything about this, I am sure his ambition to return to the Philippine Senate in 2016 is in great peril. Everywhere I have been to in the Philippines, from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, people are complaining against his law, saying that the law has removed the tag, “hope of the fatherland”, from the Filipino youth.

Now, because of Pangilinan’s law, the perception is that the youth has become the curse of the fatherland. And people are very much aware that Pangilinan appears to be the culprit in this malady. He is in fact blamed 100% of the time for the criminality among Filipino children.

Indeed, Pangilinan’s law must be abrogated. For it has always been true: if we spare the rod, we spoil the child. If we spoil the child, he grows up to be ill-mannered, lacking in discipline, having no fear and love of God, and even of his own parents, making him a destructive menace to society as a whole. Pangilinan, with his law, has singlehandedly destroyed the Filipino youth!

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