Bong Revilla: Being jailed is traumatic

January 28, 2019 at 6:27 pm 1 comment

MANGALDAN– Former Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. said being jailed was a traumatic experience even for an adult like him, and asked that the proposed law lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old the thoroughly studied before it is passed into a law.

“Nakaranas ako ng kulong kaya alam ko gaano kahirap. Tapos yong mga batang ganiyan, makukulong sila.Iniisip ko pa lang na ikukulong ang bata, mahirap. Isipin mo ilalayo mo sa magulang dahil nagamit ng mga kriminal. Dapat ung gumamit sa kanila ang dapat bitayin,” Revilla told reporters here on Wednesday.

But parents who neglect their children must also be jailed, he said.

Revilla was acquitted of plunder case in his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam. He told reporters that spending four years and six months in jail was a traumatic experience for him and for his family.

“Now that I am out, I want to emphasize that I do not want other people to experience what I did, Imagine, I was a senator but I was bullied. What more of ordinary people who are bullied? I am sure that there are plenty of jailed persons who are not innocent. That is what we should give attention to,” he told reporters in Filipino.

Revilla, who spoke before residents of Mangaldan town, said talking about jails still gives him trauma, and the issue of lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 12 strikes a raw chord in him.

He said before the bill is passed into a law, there must be a thorough study on why children who fall into the hands of syndicates.

“We must not hastily pass the law. Let us look into the effects of jailing very young children. Yong after effect, I’m sure trauma ang aabutin niyan. Baka paglabas niyan lalo pang maging kriminal. Kaya huwag madaliin. Dapat pag-aralang mabuti,” he emphasized.

 “If you look at the problem it starts with the parents. Their parents who neglect their children should be answerable to the law why they are abandoning their children so they become susceptible to being used by criminals. Do the parents have many children that they can’t take care of them?” he said.

“Anak ng anak. Pinapabayaan sa lansangan ang anak. Dapat nagagabayan ang anak. Dapat managot ang mga magulang nila,” he added.

But he refused to comment if limiting the number of children could be a solution to the problem.

“You can’t just say you just limit the number of children because this is the problem,” he said.

He added that educating children should be given priority, instead of just throwing them in jail.

Revilla admitted that he voted for the earlier law that lowered the criminal responsibility to 15 years old, but that the law had its repercussions as many 15-year olds were jailed and stayed in jail for a long time.

“If nagkamali na nuon, kailangang itama ngayon. Huwag madaliin. Pag-aralang mabuti,” he said. YOLANDA SOTELO

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