July 21, 2024

The City Social Welfare and Development Office reported there were nine females who were involved in cases of children in conflict with the law (CICL) last year.     
CICL refers to a child who is alleged as, accused of, or adjudged as, having committed an offense under Philippine laws.         
Myrna Valencerina, CSWDO Gender and Development focal person, said they were among the suspects involved in the 82 CICL cases recorded last year.    
She said 61 cases remain un-filed while 21 cases have already been filed with the proper authorities.               
Valencerina said 28 cases are now undergoing intervention, 27 undergoing division, 22 cases currently undergoing the investigation process, while three cases have already been terminated.
A case had the suspect released on recognizance while another case was suspended for certain reasons.               
She said 73 male suspects belong to the 11 to 17 age group, seven female suspects belong to the same age bracket while two male suspects belong to the below 11 years old bracket. 
Among the offenses committed by the CICL are physical assault – 38, theft – 15, bullying – 12, rape – five, violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act – five, sexual assault – two, damage to property – two, murder/homicide – one, violation of RA 11313 or the Bawal Bastos Law – one, and violation of RA 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act – one.               
Fifty-four suspects underwent community-based intervention and diversion while 16 suspects were reintegrated to their families.
Diversion refers to an alternative, child-appropriate process of determining the responsibility and identifying ways of managing a CICL without resorting to formal court proceedings.
Valencerina said interventions had been provided to the CICL for them to be reformed.  
She appealed to parents to closely monitor the activities of their children so they can correct their behavior immediately. – PIO release