Crimes in­volv­ing Iloilo City mi­nors de­cline

Panay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Ruby Silu­brico

ILOILO City – Crimes in­volv­ing mi­nors in this city dropped, data from the Women and Chil­dren Pro­tec­tion Desk (WCPD) of the Iloilo City Po­lice Of­fice (ICPO) showed.

From Jan­uary to Novem­ber this year, the po­lice recorded 60 cases – way be­low 235 cases recorded in the same pe­riod last year.

The 74.5 per­cent de­cline was due to, among oth­ers, the strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of the cur­few or­di­nance for mi­nors in co­op­er­a­tion with barangay of­fi­cials, said Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 4 Ruth Lau­datu of the WCPD.

Most of the crimes mi­nors got in­volved were phys­i­cal in­juries (22 cases), theft (10) and rob­bery (seven), ICPO records showed.

“We hope this de­clin­ing trend in crimes in­volv­ing mi­nors would con­tinue,” said Laudato.

The me­dia helped, too, she said, by con­stantly re­mind­ing par­ents to se­cure their chil­dren at night.

The cur­few for mi­nors is from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

“We also no­ticed that barangay of­fi­cials are more ac­tive now in im­ple­ment­ing the cur­few. This is a big and wel­come de­vel­op­ment,” said Laudato.

Since Jan­uary, the po­lice man­aged to ap­pre­hend 1,226 mi­nors roam­ing around the city dur­ing cur­few hours. The WCPD, how­ever, pre­ferred to use the term “res­cue.”

These mi­nors were mostly caught in com­puter shops, said Laudato.

“We are warn­ing com­put­ers shops and in­ter­net cafés. They could be held li­able should they al­low mi­nors to en­ter their es­tab­lish­ments dur­ing cur­few hours and dur­ing class hours,” said Laudato.

Un­der Reg­u­la­tion Or­di­nance No. 2016-230, which amended Reg­u­la­tion Or­di­nance No. 2011676, mi­nors (those be­low 18 years old) are pro­hib­ited from loi­ter­ing be­yond 10 p.m. in restau­rants, night­clubs, mo­tels, dance­halls, amuse­ment places such as In­ter­net cafes, video ar­cades, karaoke bars, bil­liard halls, beach re­sorts and other sim­i­lar es­tab­lish­ments.

Also un­der the cur­few or­di­nance, mi­nors are pro­hib­ited from sell­ing or vend­ing what­ever items (in­clud­ing food and bev­er­ages) even with their par­ents or guardians around, and its shall be un­law­ful for busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments to ad­mit mi­nors within their premises dur­ing cur­few hours.

Busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments vi­o­lat­ing the or­di­nance shall be meted with the fol­low­ing sanc­tions:

* first vi­o­la­tion – writ­ten no­tice of warn­ing

* sec­ond vi­o­la­tion – im­po­si­tion of a P5,000 fine

* third vi­o­la­tion – clo­sure of the es­tab­lish­ment for three day

* fourth vi­o­la­tion – clo­sure of the es­tab­lish­ment for five days; and

* fifth vi­o­la­tion – re­vo­ca­tion of busi­ness per­mit./

Ga­may na lang ang pa­s­away!

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