Youth group slams QC mayor for preventing TRO vs curfew

YOUTH group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) has criticized Quezon City (QC) Mayor Herbert Bautista for his alleged attempt to circumvent the recent order of the Supreme Court (SC) that stopped the implementation of the city's curfew ordinance.

According to Spark spokesperson Joanne Lim, Bautista is trying to skirt the order of the Court by forcing the Barangay officials of QC to immediately implement their respective curfew ordinance.

This was after the high court in its session last Tuesday granted the appeal of Spark to put a temporary stop on the curfew ordinances in local government units of Manila, QC and Navotas.

Despite the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), Spark said the city government of QC has contacted Barangay secretaries inquiring about the status of curfew ordinance in their village.

Some residents of QC also reported to Spark that the Barangay officials were instructed to immediately draft a curfew ordinance and prioritize its inclusion in the next session of the barangay council for its speedy approval.

Lim said that Bautista's actions to circumvent the Court's order undermines the authority of the highest Court in the land.

“Bautista and his minions in City Hall deserve nothing less of their highest condemnation, their deliberate and malicious maneuvers are tantamount to undermining the authority of the Supreme Court. Is this the sort of public officials that boasts to discipline the youth,” Lim said.

The group also slammed the mayor for his statement in a live interview with dzMM last Tuesday.

In the interview, Bautista was reported to have said that: “Kung meron silang barangay ordinance, kaya nilang i-enforce ‘yun, ‘di sila dapat matakot. Kasi the Supreme Court only issued the TRO to the city ordinance, not to the barangay ordinances”.

Atty. Jesus Falcis, the legal counsel of Spark, said that he finds Bautista’s statement "troublesome" because it was issued by the Mayor himself.

“Mayor Herbert Bautista's claim that barangays can still implement their own barangay curfew rules is very troubling and worrying. He is promoting a clear and sneaky circumvention of the TRO issued by the Supreme Court by saying the city won't implement curfews but the barangays can still implement their own.”

Falcis also clarified that "if a city does not have the power to implement curfew, more so its component barangays under the direct control and supervision of the city government.”

According to Falcis, Spark is set to file a motion for clarification with the SC the soonest possible time to prevent a circumvention of the TRO. (Sunnex)
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