No curfew for minors pending DILG rule PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 August 2016 11:57

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco is unlikely to impose a citywide curfew on minors, pending an official guidance or order from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) even as some barangays here are imposing it by virtue of barangay ordinances.

Climaco cited during the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) meeting last week the need for the DILG to issue an order or memorandum of sort to all the LGUs regarding the imposition of curfew on children, taking into consideration the recent Supreme Court ruling, stopping the LGUs in Metro Manila, Navotas and Quezon City from imposing the same pending the resolution of the case filed by the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark).

“We need an official guidance from the DILG so that we will be able to synchronize everything. Otherwise, if we do it by piecemeal there might be tendency for misconception and abuse,” the mayor said.

Right there and then, the chief executive sought the opinion of DILG-City Director Moh. Taha S. Arakama, who said, “What is not punishable for an adult should not be punishable for a child.”

Atty. Arakama said curfew should not be allowed if it imposes a penalty for the children.

He specifically cited the Status Offenses under Sec. 57 of R.A. 9344, otherwise known as “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006,” which states that “any conduct not considered an offense or not penalized if committed by an adult shall not be considered an offense and shall not be punished if committed by a child.”

“Maybe what we can do is kunin yung mga bata, dalhin sa barangay hall, ipatawag ang nanay o tatay at bigyan ng counseling. That’s the most we can do because, otherwise we will be promoting a status offense,” the local DILG official explained.

Nonetheless, Climaco said the CPOC will seek guidance from the DILG on the imposition of curfew for minors.

In Zamboanga, Barangays Putik and Zone 1 have imposed curfew on minors ages 18 and below pursuant to their respective barangay ordinances.— Vic Larato