City councilor backs nationwide curfew on minors

ANGELES CITY – A councilor here has expressed support for the nationwide curfew on minors in a bid to prevent criminal syndicates from using them in illegal activities like drug trade and robbery.

Councilor Jesus “Jay” Sangil said he is set to file this week a resolution supporting Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronaldo “Bato” dela Rosa’s campaign for the imposition of a nationwide curfew on minors.

Sangil said Dela Rosa received reports that crime syndicates have been using children to perpetrate their acts.

The opposition councilor cited a pending House bil which seeks to impose a curfew on minors from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The House committee on welfare of children has already approved the measure seeking to impose a curfew on minors or those below 18 years old, according to Sangil.

The House panel stated that the measure will keep the children off the streets at night and protect them from becoming victims of crime, abuse and other forms of exploitation.

Sangil said the bill states that parents will be liable for allowing their children to loiter, roam and sleep in any public space during the curfew hours without lawful purpose or justifiable reason.

The curfew does not cover working students, children involved in emergency, children accompanied by parents or guardians, and children attending an official activity related to school, church and others.
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