BAGUIO City Police Office acting director Senior Superintendent Ramil Saculles expressed his approval for a midnight curfew on all night establishments.
Saculles said he is pushing for the 12 midnight curfew against the latest 2 a.m. experimental scheme now taking place in the city.
The acting BCPO top man said the experimental scheme adopted allows people to barhop into establishments which can accommodate them adding once small bars closes at 10 p.m., all clients will have to do is move into folk houses which are allowed to operate till midnight and after that, transfer to establishments allowed to extend until 2 a.m.
“This is not practical, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. is a critical time for theft and robbery incidents,” said Saculles.
Saculles said the police will do nothing all night until the wee hours in the morning but to monitor the closing of establishments.
The City Council approved an experimental scheme for six months extending operational hours of establishments with dancing until 2 a.m. while Establishments like beer gardens, folk houses or folk den serving beers, restaurants serving liquor, bar or coffee shops serving liquor and internet cafes are allowed to operate till midnight.
Saculles said records of crimes committed between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to be logged and studied to back up his proposal to have a midnight halt in establishments.
The top cop has emphasized the anti - robbery campaign is critical hours after midnight which need police attention as well.
Adjustments were made in response to a clamor by business owners who lamented they can no longer justify costs of operation to the present hours allowed by law.
The business group said the existing hours of operation is no longer sensible when compared with the hours of operation of similar establishments in other highly urbanized cities and tourist destinations around the country.