Children as young as nine could be jailed in the Philippines for committing certain crimes under a proposed law backed by the president. The United Nations condemned the plan and said the country could be flouting international law designed to protect children.
President Rodrigo Duterte won May’s elections after vowing to crack down on the country’s drug crimes and promising to kill tens of thousands of dealers. He said that the age of criminality had to be reduced to deter people from using minors to commit crimes and carry drugs for them. Read more