Beng pushes bill for kids’ safety in armed conflicts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 10:42

District 1 Representative and Team PNoy mayoralty aspirant Beng Climaco-Salazar has vowed to pursue the bill that would penalize any individual who would violate children’s human rights particularly during armed conflicts.

The bill imposes a lifetime prison term and a fine of up to P5 million on violators.

Climaco-Salazar who is one of the authors of House Bill 4480 during the 15th Congress, said protection of children in armed conflict is an important aspect of any comprehensive strategy to resolve conflict and should be a priority concern of the government.

“The Philippines has a long history of armed conflicts.  Filipino children are the most affected by these conflicts impacting severely on their lives,” Climaco-Salazar said.

Climaco-Salazar said children’s rights are indiscriminately violated, many of them continue to become victims of killing, maiming, rape and other forms of violence and abduction.

Schools and hospitals are also being attacked in utter disregard or respect for people, Climaco-Salazar pointed out.

“During conflicts, children experience the loss of access to food, water, sanitation, health, education and other basic services and humanitarian assistance,” the lady solon said.

Climaco-Salazar added that armed conflicts also make children vulnerable to different kinds of exploitation, including being recruited as combatants, spies, messengers or cooks.

Even if she will no longer be part of the next Congress, as she is running for mayor in the May 13, 2013 elections, Climaco-Salazar said she will exert efforts to help ensure that the bill is acted upon in the next Congress. — Rey Carbonel