MINORS numbering 435 and their parents were merely admonished by Mayor Isko Moreno as such kids were rounded up by the Manila Police District (MPD) during the first day of implementation of the ‘curfew ordinance’ Monday night, aimed at keeping children off the streets during prohibited hours.
However, he said the penalties as provided for in City Ordinance 8457 will already be enforced now that the message had been farmed out and enough advisories and warnings have been issued.
‘As I have promised three weeks ago, maghahanap kami ng batas para panagutin ang mga magulang na pabaya sa kanilang menor de edad na anak, nagiging talamak na paggamit ng solvent at pagtulog ng mga bata sa kalye,’ Moreno said.
He also told Manila department of social welfare (DSW) head Re Fugoso to make sure that barangay chairmen who allow minors to loiter during the prohibited hours are also held liable.
Moreno lauded MPD director P/BGen. Vicente Danao, Jr. for the ‘All-Out-Implementation of City Ordinance 8547’ that saw 435 ‘children-at-risk’ being taken off the streets. Said operation was conducted from 10 p.m. of September 2 up to 4 a.m of September 3, 2019.
The operations took place city-wide and were conducted by the 11 MPD police stations and the Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT), based on the orders of Moreno, who, along with SMART operatives led by its chief Maj. Jhun Ibay, personally responded to a tipped information that a riot was taking place in Tondo involving minors. He also caught children sniffing solvent.
Irked by what he saw, Moreno directed Fugoso to coordinate with the MPD and barangays for the full and strict implementation of the ‘curfew ordinance’ which would prohibit minors from loitering in the streets from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. of the following day.
Fugoso explained that the imposable penalties for youth offenders is admonition for the first and second offenses. However, when a minor habitually violates, he or she shall be subjected to the intervention programs of the barangay or the Manila DSW such as community service program in the barangay and charitable non-government organizations.
In the case of adults, meaning the parents or guardians, Fugoso said the penalty is also admonition and orientation about the curfew ordinance for the first and second offenses. For the third offense, they will be subjected to the intervention programs of the barangay or by the Manila DSW.