Manila orders strict enforcement of curfew on minors
MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Manila has ordered the strict implementation of curfew on minors, ages below 18, from 10 p.m. up to 4 a.m. the next day.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno issued on Monday the memorandum after he conducted a surprise inspection around Manila and accosted some 22 minors loitering on the streets late night Sunday.
During his Facebook Live, Moreno further revealed that authorities have rescued 365 minors found inhaling solvent, sleeping on streets, and loitering along the streets of Manila for the month of July alone.
Under the memorandum, it said that statistics would show that minors loitering from the said time frame were the cause of the “breach of peace and order in the city.”
“The City Council further noted that the policy of the City of Manila to promote the physical and moral well-being of children is not achieved, if not frustrated, by reason of non-cooperation and non-liability of the parents and/or guardian over the minor’s actions,” the memorandum added.
In an interview, Moreno said that parents of minors who will be caught by the authorities will have to face sanctions ranging from P2,000 plus one month imprisonment up to P5,000 plus six months of imprisonment, depending on the age of their children.
Moreno also said that if in case the children apprehended were siblings, the sanctions of the parents would be doubled.
“As I have promised you three weeks ago na maghahanap kami ng batas para panagutin ang mga magulang na pabaya sa kanilang menor de edad na anak, nagiging talamak na solvent sa manila, nagiging talamak na pagtulog ng mga bata sa kalye,” Moreno told reporters.
“Naging talamak ang kapabayaan, nasanay sila na walang gobyerno. Ito ay isang patunay lamang na seryoso ang inyong lingkod at ang mga kawani sa pamahalaan,” he added.
Following the said order, Moreno has urged all barangay (village) chairmen to submit to him a report on the status of the implementation of curfew.
The Manila Police District is likewise directly to submit a report to the Office of the Mayor regarding the matter.
Lastly, the Department of Social Welfare and Developments is directed to closely coordinate with the authorities in ensuring the implementation of the said order. /jpv
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