QC villages can still implement 'discipline hours' - Bistek

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 26 2016 06:42 PM

MANILA – Despite the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court on Quezon City's curfew ordinance, barangays in the city can still implement their respective curfew ordinances, Mayor Herbert Bautista said.

Apart from Quezon City, the high court also issued a TRO halting the implementation of the curfew ordinances for minors in the cities of Manila and Navotas.

A petition was filed by the Samahan ng mga Progresibong Kabataan last Friday assailing the constitutionality of Manila City Ordinance No. 8046, Quezon City Ordinance No. SP-2301, and Navotas City Ordinance No. 2002-13.

The curfews in these cities begin at 10 p.m. and last up to 4 a.m. in Manila, Navotas and up to 5 a.m. in Quezon City.

The ordinances cite public peace and order and safety, and the welfare of minors as reasons for the curfew.

Speaking to dzMM, Bautista argued that some of Quezon City's barangays have curfew ordinances.

''The SC only issued a TRO on the city ordinance, not to the barangay ordinances,'' Bautista said.

Bautista explained that Quezon City Ordinance No. SP-2301 was passed in 2014 in response to the growing number of crimes involving minors.

He said the ordinance is in support of the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act, which actually prohibits the imposition of curfew.

''Dito sa ordinance namin, hindi ito curfew, 'discipline hour' ito. We are regulating the movement. Binibigyan natin ng pagkakataon na pauwiin,'' he said.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, meanwhile, said he found no problem with the SC halt order, saying he never implemented the city's curfew ordinance in the first place.

''This ordinance was passed during the time of Mayor [Lito] Atienza, on October 14, 2002,'' he said. ''Since I became a mayor, I've never implemented it."

Estrada, nonetheless, acknowledged the problem of minors walking around the streets of Manila during in the wee hours.

''Marami talagang palaboy-laboy na, natutulog na sa bangketa. Hirap na hirap na kami,'' he said.