DOZENS of students in uniform who were supposed to be in the school but holed up in an internet shop got a fatherly scolding from the Metro Manila police chief yesterday morning near the Fort Bonifacio National High School in Taguig City.
National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, in the course of his inspection of police community-precincts and stations as well as billiard halls and internet cafes in the territory of the Southern Police District headed by Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz, found the students playing computer games in a shop very near the Fort Bonifacio High School.
“Kayo ay dapat na nasa classrooms ninyo o nag-aaral ng inyong leksiyon pero sa halip ay nandito kayo sa internet shop at naglalaro ng computer games. Bukod sa ubos na ang inyong baon, natatanim sa isip ninyo na dahil nakakalusot kayo sa inyong mga magulang at sa mga otoridad, maaaring na ninyong gawin ang iba pang mga bisyo. Maaaring sa susunod ay sigarilyo at alak, at sa susunod ay marijuana o shabu na,” Eleazar told the students.
The official did not order the apprehension of the students but called on his men to list their names for record purposes only. He said that they will call the attention of their parents and concerned teachers the next time they are caught in the same internet shop during school hours so that proper disciplinary measures can be instituted on them.
Presence of students in uniforms skipping their classes to play the highly-popular Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) multiplayer online battle arena video game in internet cafes near schools and universities and even malls is a perennial problem of school authorities.
Eleazar thus called the attention of operators of billiard halls and computer shops in Metro Manila to be wary of ordinances which prohibits the presence of students in their establishments particularly during school hours. He said that violators of those ordinances will be recommended for immediate closure and payment of fines.
In Makati City, Mayor Abby Binay has warned owners and operators of internet cafes and computer shops to strictly follow city ordinances or face immediate closure.