Las Piñas tight­ens cur­few on mi­nors

Manila Bulletin - - News -

Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda Aguilar or­dered the po­lice and barangay of­fi­cials to fully im­ple­ment the or­di­nance on the cur­few for mi­nors to en­sure their pro­tec­tion and pro­mote so­cial or­der.

Aguilar is­sued the di­rec­tive fol­low­ing crime in­ci­dents in­volv­ing mi­nors.

“We must not com­pro­mise the wel­fare and safety of our chil­dren since it is our obli­ga­tion as par­ents and public ser­vants to pro­tect them from any threat or harm,” the mayor said.

She in­structed Las Piñas City po­lice chief Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Mar­lon D. Ba­lon­g­long to in­ten­sify the en­force­ment of the or­di­nance in co­or­di­na­tion with the City So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (CSWDO) to guar­an­tee the safety of the chil­dren.

The city or­di­nance is not meant to threaten or har­rass the youth but is aimed at pro­tect­ing them from fall­ing prey to crim­i­nal and law­less el­e­ments and like­wise to pre­vent them from com­mit­ting or get­ting in­volved in crimes.

Like­wise, Aguilar urged barangay of­fi­cials to strengthen its drive against mi­nors on the streets dur­ing the pre­scribe cur­few hours, with cau­tion to deal with them ap­pro­pri­ately when ac­cost­ing them.

She also urged par­ents and guardians to co­op­er­ate with law en­forcers and barangay of­fi­cials in keep­ing or­der in the com­mu­nity by mak­ing sure that their chil­dren are in their homes af­ter school and not on the streets, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the cur­few hours from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Un­der the cur­few or­di­nance, mi­nors found or caught on the streets or out­side of their res­i­dences will be es­corted home and turned over to their par­ents or guardians. In their ab­sence, the vi­o­la­tors will be made to stay at the barangay hall and re­leased at 7 a.m.

Re­peat of­fend­ers will be re­ferred to the CSWDO for coun­selling.

Ex­empted from the or­di­nance are emer­gency cases, mi­nors ac­com­pa­nied by par­ents or guardians, or at­tend­ing of­fi­cial school or re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties.

Stu­dents at­tend­ing of­fi­cial school ac­tiv­i­ties late at night must carry and present a valid school ID.

“As a mother, my heart goes for chil­dren and mi­nors be­ing vic­tim­ized or are per­pe­tra­tors of crimes them­selves,” Aguilar said.

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