Stay at home, kids: Curfew for minors approved by QC Mayor Herbert Bautista
No more pa-pa-partyin’ on the streets at night for five-year-olds
The Philippine Star reported on Tuesday (August 5), that Quezon City Mayor Herbert "Bistek" Bautista favored the measure to implement a curfew that will prohibit minors from roaming around, loitering, wandering, staying, or meandering in public places during "disciplinary hours," which is 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The author of the ordinance, Second District Councilor Ranulfo Ludovica, noted incidents of minors forming a group and drinking/doing illegal drugs and engaging in criminal activities at night.
Exempted from the curfew are minors accompanied by their parents or guardiants, on their way home from "legal" assemblies and/or academic activities, those who are employed or taking night classes, and those who are on board a vehicle with an adult.
The ordinance also prohibits parents or guardians from allowing minors to loiter around on their own or with a group, with violators facing a fine of up to P2,000 on the first offense. Repeated offense will result in the minor being turned over to the social services development department of the city and his or her parents or guardians paying a fine of P5,000 or six months inprisonment.
But of course there’s more: you don’t have to be a Quezon City resident for this to apply to you. All minors, whether they live in QC or not, may be apprehended if found in violation of the ordinance.
The curfew will take effect 15 days after the implementing rules and regulations have been released. For more on this story, log on to PhilStar.com.