Beng: proposed curfew for minors needs study PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 July 2013 11:06

The proposal to impose a curfew for minors in the wake of the spate of shooting and other crime incidents needs to undergo further studies, according to Mayor Beng Climaco.

Mayor Climaco said the study should determine how the proposal will be implemented or realized; if it is not a violation of children’s human rights and if it is necessary or needed at present.

The imposition of curfew hours (from 10pm to 4am) for minors particularly for those aged 17 and below, was one of the recommendations submitted by former City Police OIC Director PSSupt. Edwin de Ocampo to Mayor Climaco in the light of the rising crime incidents in the city.  The recommendation was rooted on studies which reveal teenagers’ involvement in various crimes to involve drag racing during the wee hours of the morning.

“There has been a recommendation from the former City Police [OIC] director on the observance of curfew for minors and Councilor BG Guingona also proposed this but we need to study the proposal,” Mayor Climaco stated.

She stressed that the matter should be studied to determine if the imposition of curfew is necessary under the present situation, as she expressed observations that victims of crimes happening in the city are not minors.

According to Climaco, the city has the existing Child Internet Protection Ordinance intended to prevent minors from cutting classes. At the same time, Congress has just passed a law amending the Juvenile Justice Act. — Sheila Covarrubias