Youth group welcomes SC TRO vs curfew

(UPDATED ) THE political youth group that filed a petition before the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of curfew ordinances in three cities in Metro Manila, has lauded the court's speedy issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) just a week after the petition was filed.

Joanne Lim, spokesperson of Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark), said the group views the court's decision that granted their appeal for TRO as an "initial victory," for their long battle for the young people's rights.

“We view the intervention of the high court as an initial victory since it deemed the controversy over the implementation of Oplan Rody an urgent matter for judicial review since it involves the rights of the minors as we have stipulated in our petition," Lim said.

The Court in its en banc session Tuesday granted Sparks' appeal to temporarily stop the implementation of curfew ordinances in Metro Manila, Quezon City, and Navotas.

Spark argued that the city ordinance of the said local government units violates the Philippine constitution specifically the young people's right not to be deprived, unlawfully or arbitrarily, of their liberty.

According to Spark, it also deprives the minors of their right to travel and deprives parents of their primary right in the rearing of the youth.

The high tribunal in its decision ordered the respondents in the case Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco to comment on the petition for certiorari filed by the group within 10 days from notice.

According to Lim, despite the issuance of a TRO, the group believes that the battle is far from over.

Lim called on the youth to remain vigilant and maintain its active participation in monitoring and reporting cases of abuse by persons of authority especially in the cities and municipalities not covered by the TRO.

“We are encouraging everyone not only students but even their parents to directly get in touch with us through social media so that we may assist them in whatever way possible. If there are still any human rights violated through these curfews, we must take the necessary legal actions till abuses and victim-blaming is totally eradicated”.

The group is hopeful the high court will favor their petition in the future.

“With immense optimism, we anticipate that the Supreme Court, as the last bastion of freedom, democracy and justice, will side with us in the end," Lim concluded. (Sunnex)
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