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The Week Inside Manila:

Lowering of Criminal Age,

First Pinoy-Made Train, Ariana

Grande’s New Album, and


by Maria Romero, January 25, 2019 11:40am

Art by Dani Elevazo

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The Week Inside Manila: Lowering of Criminal Age, First Pinoy-Made Train, Ariana Grande’s New Album, and More

by Maria Romero, January 25, 2019 11:40am
Art by Dani Elevazo

This week’s hot-button social media topic is about the government’s persistent push to lower criminal age to nine years old. It wasn’t the best our legislators can offer but thanks to the internet and social media, concerned citizens now have the platform to make their voices be heard.

On a brighter note, the internet also gave us reasons to beat those deadlines and make way for movie time with new films and series to binge-watch.

Here’s what went down under Inside Manila’s radar:

Government Wants to Hold Nine-Year-Olds Criminally Responsible
Children are not criminals!

The government passed another shortsighted ruling on Monday, January 21. The House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 years old to nine years old despite oppositions of children and human rights groups.

House Bill 8858 seeks to amend Republic Act No. 9344, or the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006”—which provides child-appropriate proceedings, including programmes and services for prevention, rehabilitation, and re-integration of minors to ensure their normal growth and development. Following the uproar of the citizens and the effort of the "majority" of House members, the bill was amended on Wednesday, January 23 to lower the minimum age from 9 years old was changed to 12 years old.

The public raised questions on social media on why our government pushes to hold children responsible for their crimes while consenting adults run free from their crimes.

PNR to Use First Locally Made Train in March
Pinoys can develop trains, too!

The Philippine National Railways is set to use its first Philippine-made train developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) taking Tutuban-Alabang route. DoST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena said the train passed the required tests and they are waiting for the RAMS (reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety) results before they officially allow the train to take off on March 1.

PH Shopping Mall Tycoon Henry Sy, 94, Passed Away

Business tycoon Henry Sy known as the "father of modern Philippine retail," died at age 94 on Saturday, January 19.

Forbes names Sy as Philippine's richest person with $19 billion net worth for 11 years.

Starting with his flagship Shoemart store, Sy founded the SM group, which has evolved into a conglomerate with 72 malls and over 2,149 retail shops, including grocery stores in the Philippines and seven shopping centers in China.

SM's most recent venture was Philippine's first IKEA. They also invested in new technologies set to be deployed in Megamall and other merchandise through Lazada. The SM Group also includes BDO Unibank, Chinabank, condominium developer SM Development Corp., and National University.

Tawilis Marked as Endangered Species
This is a wake-up call

Freshwater sardines or Tawilis is now included in the list of endangered species, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said on Wednesday, January 23. In a report by GMA Network’s 24 Oras, National Academy of Sciences and Technology’s Dr. Mudjekeewis Santos said among the contributing factors to the declining number of Tawilis are overfishing, pollution, and occurrence of invasive species like tilapia and other fishes.

Tawilis is the only fresh sardine found exclusively in Taal Lake, Batangas.

The Makers of 'Saving Sally' Release Teaser for New Animated Movie
New Pinoy animated film? Can’t wait!

Rocketsheep Studio, the creators of Saving Sally, posted a 44-second sneak peek of their latest project Hayop Ka!

Hayop Ka! is an animated comedy with animals produced by Piolo Pascual’s Spring Films. Local talents including Arci Muñoz, Angelica Panganiban, Sam Milby, and Empoy Marquez will dub for the main characters. Details of the film are not yet confirmed.

‘Goyo’ is Coming to Netflix
You can soon binge-watch it

Goyo: Ang Batang General will be on Netflix this January 26. Paulo Avelino stars in this biopic as the hero of Tirad Pass, Gregorio "Goyo" del Pilar. Goyo is the second movie in Jerrold Tarog's trilogy of movies depicting real figures in Philippine's History. The first part of the trilogy, Heneral Luna, is already on Netflix.

Netflix Launches Its First Korean-Produced Series 'Kingdom'
Our K-loving hearts are happy

Netflix is set to debut its first-ever Korean-produced zombie series Kingdom on January 25.

This historical drama and zombie-packed thriller tells the story of a Joseon-era crowned prince who investigates a mysterious plague that overtakes the land. Directed by Tunnel filmmaker King Seong-hun and written by Signal writer Kim Eun Hee. Actors Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona, and Ryu Seung will star in the series.

Masungi Georeserve Nominated for 'Tourism for Tomorrow' Awards
Yes to sustainable tourism!

Masungi Georeserve, a conservation park tucked in the rainforests of Rizal, was chosen by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as one of the 15 Tourism for Tomorrow (T4T) 2019 Awards finalists.

WTTC’s T4T Awards recognizes the best practices in sustainable tourism within the industry around the globe. Masungi’s nomination doesn’t come as a surprise as the geo-tourism spot’s audacity towards environment protection can be traced as far back as the late 1990s.

Masungi has been nominated in the Destination Stewardship category, which is for organizations “helping a place to thrive and bring forward its unique identity for the benefit of its resident and tourists.”  Winners will be decided in April.

Ariana Grande Releases Tracklist for Her Upcoming Album ‘Thank U, next’
The queen is back!

Only months after releasing “Sweetener,” Ariana Grande has shared on her Instagram account a 12-long tracklist for her upcoming album, “thank u, next” to be released on February 8. We’re excited to hear “Fake smile,” “ghostin,” and “needy”—there are speculations online regarding the meaning of the songs.

Share on our comment sections with that information if you’re an Ariana stan and know what’s up!


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