Celso backs Duterte’s curfew for minors PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 11:49

By DEXTER YAP

Congressman Celso Lobregat of District 1 favors the implementation of curfew for minors which has been proposed nationwide by incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.

Lobregat said this move should be backed up by interest groups and serious implementation of the law enforcement authorities as well as the barangay officials who are in the frontlines in case the said law will be fully implemented.

He said that Zamboanga City is no stranger in the imposition of curfew for minors because even at present, some barangays have already been adopting curfew hours in their respective communities.

The classic example according to Lobregat is Barangay Putik, Lunzuran, Tumaga,Vitali and Tetuan which have adopted curfew hours for minors through a barangay resolution supported by parents and the various community.

The solon lauded ABC President Jerry Perez and the Barangay Council of Putik for their determination in taking the lead, pioneering in the impositon of  curfew in their barangay which is now being followed by other villages of the city.

“Imposition of curfew hours is already being done in some barangays here even before election period, and this has been doing good and positively welcomed by the constituents, I can see no problem imposing it citywide,” Lobregat said.

Although supportive to the same, the solon still has to remind authorities on the standard procedures of the said law in order not to confront violation on human rights in the future.

“Curfew is fine for the protection of the children, preventing them to loiter at night unnecessarily, but there must be considerations and proper protocol must be observed to avoid confrontations and misinterpretations on the matter,” Lobregat said.

Based on the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 also known as the Juvenile Law, minors cannot be arrested but shall be held in custody for counseling and turn-over to parents for proper guidance and protection.

Imposition of curfew will be for minors aging 18 years old and below who are not allowed to loiter in the streets after 10pm to 5am unless accompanied by their parents or guardian with legal age. – Dexter Yap