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Children and the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR): Why the MACR Should Not Be Lowered

The Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) is the lowest age at which children in a given country can be prosecuted in court. In the Philippines, under the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 (JJWA) or Republic Act 9344 as amended by Republic Act 10630, the MACR is set…

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Women in Especially Difficult Circumstances

The Magna Carta of Women, Republic Act (RA) 9710, is a comprehensive law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women by recognizing, protecting, fulfilling, and promoting their rights. Enacted in 2009, the law is a domestic translation of the Philippines’ commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against…

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Has the country’s reported economic growth been inclusive?

In his 2013 and 2014 State of the Nation Address, President Benigno S. Aquino III highlighted the principle of “inclusive growth” as that which “drives every initiative, every action, and every decision of your government.” To this end, he maintains that the government has invested in providing widespread opportunities to all sectors, especially to the poor and marginalized groups.…

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