A street boy or so-called ‘batang hamog‘ was caught on video riding at the back of a passenger jeepney in Makati City this Sunday December 18, begging for money from the passengers. But when the people refused, the young boy later threw a rock at one of them. The entire incident was captured via a dashcam behind the jeepney. Watch it below.
According to the caption of the video posted at Philippines CCTV & DASH CAM Spotted Facebook page this Monday, the ‘batang hamog’ throwing rock attempt incident happened along J.P Rizal Ext. at around 4:30pm, Sunday. At first, you can see the street kid riding at the back of a fast-moving passenger jeepney, while holding a rock on his right hand.
Apparently, the young boy who is probably between 10-12 years old, appears to be playing with a passenger. When the jeepney stopped probably due to heavy traffic, the batang hamog got off and attempted to throw the rock to a passenger. Shortly, he decided to throw it inside the jeepney, hitting a passenger. Then, he played as if nothing happened.
Say to say, this incident is not new in Makati and in main roads in Metro Manila. In fact, there are reports where some street kids became street thieves and snatchers especially during the rush hour where vehicles are stuck in heavy traffic. And yes, this worsening problem is common knowledge to the public, including the police and local officials.
However, Republic Act (RA) 9344, also known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 states that offenders under 15 years old shall not be held liable for any kind of crime they have committed. This law was authored by Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan, husband of Megastar Sharon Cuneta, and the current president of the Liberal Party (LP).
Last month, the House tackled House Bill 2, seeking to amend RA 9344. This bill was authored by now-House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro. Once it becomes a law, the minimum age of criminal responsibility will be lowered to 9 years old. Offenders like the one on the video can already be arrested and be put into prison.