Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III wants those that recruit kids to be half of armed teams to be fined as a lot as P2 million and withstand 20 years in jail.
Close to every week after the could 23 Marawi City siege by the Maute group, Sotto filed Senate Bill No. 1474, An Act Providing for the Special Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict and Providing Penalties for Violation Thereof, proposing stiff penalties for those that take benefit of the youth throughout battle.
Under the invoice, the penalties for recruiters of younger soldiers may even be imposed on those that will abduct and take kids as hostages or use them as human defend throughout armed battle, have interaction in compelled s@xual relations with them and torture them.
A nice of P2 million as much as P5 million and penalty of life imprisonment is proposed to be slapped towards those that will rape, predominant and kill kids in conditions of armed battle.
Sotto mentioned he filed the invoice following experiences that the Maute group is recruiting younger kids to be its soldiers, spies or messengers.
“Children affected by war are robbed of their innocence. The trauma of losing their family members, constant displacement and the disruption of their education during their formative years creates a life-long effect of distrust and insecurity,” he mentioned.
“Hence, our children being the hope of our present and future nation and the foundation of a vibrant and dynamic society should be protected,” Sotto added.