What Are Some Facts About Juvenile Delinquency in the Philippines?

The minimum age of criminal responsibility in the Philippines is 15, which means that a child who is under this age at the time of committing an offense is exempt from criminal liability. Offenders under 15 are often subject to an intervention program unless they have acted with discernment.

Even though the Special Child Protection Act from 2006 forbids authorities to put children in jail in the Philippines, more than 50,000 children have been detained in the country since 1995, according to information provided by Amnesty International. The same organization mentions the lack of social protection for juvenile delinquents, who often come from marginalized groups such as people with interrupted education and drug users.