Changes in curfew for minors ordinance pushed

BACOLOD City Councilor Caesar Distrito said he will study specific amendments to the curfew for minors ordinance, including increasing the penalty for violators.

Distrito, chairman of committee on laws and ordinances, said Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), submitted a proposal to amend City Ordinance 331, or an ordinance providing special protection for children during nighttime by imposing curfew for minors.

He said Ebreo proposed to increase the penalty and also include the parents or guardians who have responsibility on the minors.

“We are studying the proposal and definitely, there will be changes in the curfew for minors ordinance. We will give more teeth in the implementation and at the same time the penalties for the parents and guardians,” he added.

Distrito said he will conduct a public hearing soon to hear the stand of the parents and the Department of Social Services Development to harmonize the proposal.

Last February 21, the BCPO rescued 17 minors in various areas and they were endorsed to the Social Development Center.

“We need the cooperation of the barangay officials and the parents to monitor the activities of the minors,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced that he would impose the curfew for minors nationwide.

Duterte said the parents should be legally held responsible and should be charged for abandonment of minors, putting the lives of minor in jeopardy.

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald de la Rosa earlier said that lack of nationwide curfew has been their of frustration because drug syndicates are using minors as drug couriers.
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