SC asked to terminate curfew



A youth organization asked the Supreme Court on Friday to quit the implementation of curfew ordinances in Metro Manila, which the police had apparently dusted off and enforced much more aggressively in the onset of the Duterte administration. The Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark), via counsel Jesus Falcis III, filed a petition for certiorari and prohibition to question the “unjust and repressive” nearby laws specifically in Manila, Quezon City and Navotas, saying they restrict freedom of motion and travel. “The curfew ordinances are unconstitutional since it deprives minors of the right to liberty as well as the appropriate to travel, with out substantive due process,” said the audience, which aired its opposition recently in what could be the very first protest action directed in the Duterte administration.

The ordinances are unconstitutional when they result in “ arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement” around the a part of the police and regional governing bodies, it said. “We are filing (the petition) on behalf of all young citizens who also possess the right to become contributing people without having getting threatened by undue punishment and achievable situations of overreaching authority,” Spark spokesperson Joann Lim stated within a statement.

‘Oplan Rody’

Days prior to Mr. Duterte assumed workplace, the various city police units within the capital implemented “Oplan Rody” (Rid the Streets of Drunkards and Youths), rounding up minors violating the curfew along with adults caught drinking liquor or going shirtless in public areas. “We can also be crying foul around the unjust detention on the youth’s parents if their youngsters are apprehended during curfew hours,” Lim added.

Manila, Quezon City and Navotas implement their curfew on minors from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in keeping with President Duterte’s promised campaign against crime and illegal drugs. However, Spark mentioned, some youths who attend classes and hold “legitimate activities” at night have cried foul over these measures, particularly given that they also penalize parents using a jail term or perhaps a fine of up to P2,000.

“These ordinances are implemented without having due deliberation over important aspects, for example the housing conditions in impacted regions, hardships encountered in transportation, and also the late shifts (which are followed) by affected students,” Lim stated. Lim cited the truth of Clarissa Villegas, each student of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, who have to travel pertaining to two hours going property after her classes finish at 9 p.m. Although commuting late at night, Villegas was nearly apprehended by authorities for any curfew violation, she said.

H/T: inquirer

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