Boy caught stealing from drugstore truck gets handcuffed, punished

A boy believed to be between 15 and 20 years old was caught stealing from a drugstore delivery truck. He was handcuffed and punished after being captured.

Menor de edad pinosas at binugbog matapos mahuling nag nanakaw sa truck ng isang drug store.Dahil sa hindi pwedeng makulong ang menor de edad, tingin nyo ba tama lang ang ginawa sa kanya? Give us your thoughts.PANOORIN - I-SHARE KUNG NANINIWALA KANG TAMA LANG ITO

Posted by Kupal Lord on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Did he deserve to be treated that way?

Section 6 of Republic Act No. 9344 or the "Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006," as amended by RA 10630, states that:

Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility. – A child fifteen (15) years of age or under at the time of the commission of the offense shall be exempt from criminal liability. However, the child shall be subjected to an intervention program pursuant to Section 20 of this Act.

A child is deemed to be fifteen (15) years of age on the day of the fifteenth anniversary of his/her birthdate.

A child above fifteen (15) years but below eighteen (18) years of age shall likewise be exempt from criminal liability and be subjected to an intervention program, unless he/she has acted with discernment, in which case, such child shall be subjected to the appropriate proceedings in accordance with this Act.

The exemption from criminal liability herein established does not include exemption from civil liability, which shall be enforced in accordance with existing laws."

The caption or description of the video does not indicate the suspect's identity nor age so it's wrong to assume that he is a minor, but just in case, the following provision of the law applies:

SEC. 20. Children Below the Age of Criminal Responsibility. – If it has been determined that the child taken into custody is fifteen (15) years old or below, the authority which will have an initial contact with the child, in consultation with the local social welfare and development officer, has the duty to immediately release the child to the custody of his/her parents or guardian, or in the absence thereof, the child’s nearest relative. The child shall be subjected to a community-based intervention program supervised by the local social welfare and development officer, unless the best interest of the child requires the referral of the child to a youth care facility or ‘Bahay Pag-asa’ managed by LGUs or licensed and/or accredited NGOs monitored by the DSWD."

In the beginning of the video, it can be noticed that the security guard of the pharmacy punched the boy on the right side portion of his body.

Obviously hurt, the suspect cried and uttered foul words against his captors. While he was cursing, a man believed to be a laborer got irked and gave him an uppercut.

Your thoughts on this?