The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill criminalizing the use of children by protagonists in an armed conflict.
Marikina Rep. Marcelino Teodoro, author of Bill 4480, said the recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts would be prohibited under the measure.
“The bill seeks the prosecution of those responsible for child rights violations in these conflicts. Children have to be provided relief, protection and rehabilitation in such situations,” he said.
He said prohibited acts include killing, torture, intentional or casual maiming, rape, abduction, using children as human shield, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment of children.
Also prohibited is the recruitment of children by the military, the police and other armed groups.
Teodoro said the bill bans military operations near schools, hospitals, places of worship, and other public areas where children can usually be found.
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