MANILA – Seven minors and their parents were invited by the Anti Vice Squad of the Mandaluyong police after the youngsters were seen roaming the streets after curfew early Thursday.
The police went around the city to implement a new ordinance on the Code of Parental Responsibility for the Protection of Children's Rights. The ordinance states among others the curfew of minors from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m.
Under the ordinance which started implementation last Monday, parents of the minors, and the minors themselves who violate the curfew, will be invited to the station, police said.
At the station, the youth and their parents admitted to being unaware of the new ordinance.
There, police explained to them the city’s new Ordinance no. 538, s. 2014, or the Ordinance enacting the Mandaluyong City Code of Parental Responsibility for the Protection of Children's Rights.
The ordinance, apart from imposing curfew, states that criminal liability shall be imposed on any parent who improperly exploits the child by using him, directly or indirectly, such as for begging; permits the child to possess, handle or carry a deadly weapon, regardless of its ownership; permits the child to possess or use narcotics drugs and engage in gambling and other vices; allows or requires the child to drive without a license or with a license which the parents knows to have been illegally procured.
"Responsibilidad ng mga magulang ang kanilang mga anak kaya dapat sila ang mananagot," Jimmy Isidro, public information officer of Mandaluyong City, said.
Those found violating the ordinance will be given sanctions, including:
a) First Offense - a fine of P1,000 or three months imprisonment, or both, at the discretion of the court
b) Second Offense - a fine of P 3,000 or 6 months imprisonment, or both, at the discretion of the court
c) Third Offense - maximum penalty of P5000 or one year imprisonment, or both, at the discretion of the court)
-- Report from Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News