Panelo says Catriona Gray should be ‘educated’ on facts of criminal liability age bill
UNTV News • February 22, 2019 • 4111
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo expressed his gratitude for the concern that 2018 Ms. Universe Catriona Gray has shown, when she stated that the government must focus on why children engage in crimes instead of lowering the age of criminal liability.
Panelo said that, like many Filipinos, Gray may have been misinformed about the facts of the bill that aims to lower the age of criminal liability to 12 years old.
Panelo agrees with Gray about focusing on the problem, which is what the government, he said, is actually doing by rehabilitating the minors.
“Sa batas nakalagay dun yung rehabilitation. Ang focus nga ay rehabilitation. So, you are solving precisely the problem why these people are engaged in crimes,” Panelo said.
He added, “Because the problem is, they engage in crimes. So, what will we do? We will have to rehabilitate them. Learn why they have committed such crimes. And then put them back to the society,” Spokesperson emphasized.
The Presidential Spokesperson said Gray should be educated on the facts of the said bill.
“She may have been misinformed of the facts, given that the opposition to the lowering comes from yung mga dating kritiko ng administrasyon,” Panelo said.
Panelo made the statement when asked about his reaction to Gray’s statement on Wednesday, February 20, at her homecoming press conference.
Ms. Gray has long been known for her advocacy for underprivileged Filipino children and being a supporter and volunteer of the non-profit organization “Young Focus Foundation” – Freema Salonga
The government is looking for a single facility to house confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients to prevent overcrowding in hospitals.
On Monday (March 16), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the recommendation will be discussed in a meeting with the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
“We are recommending that there should be only one place where we can put all those confirmed cases,” he said.
Panelo said this would lessen the risk of occupational transmission of the virus. He said placing patients in one or two facilities may help in controlling the spread of the disease.
“Baka maubusan tayo ng ospital na paglalagayan (We might run out of hospitals for the patients); and not only that, we are exposing our health workers to the same infection,” he said. — AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The scheduled televised one-on-one interview of President Rodrigo Duterte with his spokesperson Salvador Panelo has been postponed anew.
In a televised advisory, Panelo said the interview with Duterte, which was supposed to be held Tuesday, will be moved to a later date because the president is feeling “under the weather.”
Panelo said it may be rescheduled next week.
The said interview was initially set on January 22 but was postponed due to “pressing matters.”
The president conducted his first televised interview with Panelo in September 2018 where they discussed wide-ranging topics on martial law in Mindanao, reopening of Boracay Island, increasing rice prices, his critic former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, among others. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
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