Juvenile law review urged

With the youth in mind, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go wants a repeal of the Juvenile Justice law to spare them from being exploited by criminal elements. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

There is a need for a legislative review of the juvenile justice law.

This, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go emphasized recently, pointing out that the Juvenile Justice Act has not been properly implemented allowing drug syndicates to use minors as couriers.

“I know the youth do not want to become victims of these syndicates,” Go said after an event with barangay leaders in Batangas last Monday.

The former presidential aide, who is gunning for a Senate seat in next year’s midterm polls, proposed sports development as one of the measures to help the youth veer away from illegal drugs.

Go also defended the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, saying the police enjoy the support of the people for as long as they do their job well in accordance with the law and without abuse of power.

“We support the policemen who are doing their jobs than criminals who are out of their minds,” he emphasized.

Go said he wants to propose measures that will improve the healthcare system in the country, through the expansion and institutionalization of Malasakit Centers.

“I plan to put into law the Malasakit Center so that it will exist in every province even after the term of President Duterte,” he said.

Currently existing in 17 cities, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop situated in government hospitals where patients can avail themselves of financial assistance from the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, PhilHealth and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. It is now operational in 17 cities across the country.

He also wants to push for the creation of an integrated Department of OFW that will cater to all concerns of overseas workers.

Meanwhile, in a speech at the Academy of Presiding Officers, a five-module program of the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines, Go assured local executives that President Duterte has their interests in mind when it comes to formulating and implementing national policies especially since similar to the local leaders, he and the President have experienced running a city.

He also touched on key issues concerning local government units today, particularly the proposed shift to federalism. He said issues such as the recent Supreme Court ruling on internal revenue allotment would not likely happen in a federal form of government.

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