High court cutoff 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on minors

IN WHAT seems to be the initial significant setback in President Duterte’s war on criminality, the Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a short-term restraining order (TRO) at a ten p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew clamped in Manila, Quezon City and Navotas. The court issued the directive to the 3 cities soon after a youth group mentioned their curfew ordinances were in contrast to Republic Act No. 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act. “Respondents regional governments of Quezon City, Manila and Navotas are forwarded to comment on the petition inside ten days from notice,” the court’s briefer stated on Tuesday.

The injunction was primarily based around the petition of Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK), which said the ordinances had been “unjust and repressive” and constituted a restriction on freedom of movement and travel. Curfew ordinances in Manila were implemented by city police units under the so-called “Oplan Rody” (Rid the Streets of Drunkards and Youths) that concluded in roundups of minors who stay outside their houses throughout curfew hours, as well as adults caught drinking liquor or going shirtless in public places.

The group’s lawyer, Jesus Falcis III, argued in a 39-page petition filed on July 21 that “the curfew ordinances have been unconstitutional because it deprived minors from the correct to liberty as well as the right to go, with no substantive due process.” The ordinances violate Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act or RA 9344 that considers curfew violations as status offenses, according to Falcis. Status offenses are those that discriminate against a kid, such as curfew violations, truancy, parental disobedience. Below the particular law, curfew violations imposed on children don't have a penalty or sanctions. The group argued that curfew ordinances in Manila had sanctions on offenders below 18 years of age that variety from admonition, reprimand up to imprisonment of one to ten days or P2,000 fine. The group cited cases of unjust apprehension on men and women, like the truth of any student of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila whose classes ended at 9 p.m. coupled with to journey for two hours going residence.

QC ordinance

Inside a text message for the Inquirer, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista welcomed the court’s TRO. “It is very best which the Supreme Court look in to the constitutionality in the city ordinance for the city government’s guidance,” Bautista added. Passed in 2014, Ordinance No. 2301, or the Quezon City Discipline Hours for Minors, prohibits minors from loitering in public locations from 10 p.m. to five a.m. The objective is “to further protect the youth and preserve them from acquiring linked to crimes and illegal drugs.” It doesn't only cover residents of the city but in addition individuals who will probably be apprehended violating the ordinance within the territory of Quezon City. A fine of P2,000 or 48 hours of neighborhood services are given to first-time offenders.


Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco stated the location would comply with all the court directive, but he sharpened out that it didn't prohibit the sounding in the siren to alert the general public at ten p.m. “It also does not cease the barangays from calling the children’s parents that it’s currently 10 p.m. and tell them ‘you might wish to tell your kids into the future house,’” Tiangco stated.


Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada mentioned he previously had in no way implemented the curfew ordinance passed in 2002. He said the Philippine National Police might enforce orders with out intending to his workplace. Younger crowd mentioned receiving children property at night was the position of barangay officials. Estrada said he supported Mr. Duterte’s all-out war against drugs. “We are each prefer that. I always coordinate with barangay chairs, since they're individuals can genuinely help the police as well as the workplace from the mayor. They actually know who the drug users and pushers are typically in every barangay,” he said.

H/T: inquirer

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