Isko to hold parents liable for kids not wearing masks

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno, in facemask himself, now wants parents held liable if their children go out without face masks which is mandatory in Manila. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

OWING to reports that minors comprise the majority of those being rounded up in the streets for not wearing face masks since the quarantine period began March 15, and violating the curfew ordinance since July 9, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said the parents will now be held liable for their kids’ offenses.

This, Moreno said, is to ensure the strict enforcement of Ordinance No. 8644  or the ‘Mandatory Use of Face Mask in Public’ which was earlier passed by the Manila City Council under Presiding Officer and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, along with the curfew ordinance.

The mayor’s decision was spurred by a report given by Manila Police District (MPD) chief Gen. Rolly Miranda yesterday, which showed that most of the 1,039 violators of the ordinance who were caught happen to be minors.

Moreno said minors also comprise most of the offenders caught violating Ordinance No. 8547  or the curfew ordinance, which total 9,367 in all.

The mayor said he would not mind if the jails get filled to the brim with irresponsible parents who will be charged with violation of Ordinance No. 8243 (Anti-Child Endangerment Ordinance of the City Manila).

The said ordinances, he said, were formulated with the common aim of preventing the community transmission of COVID-19.

“Ang pagsusuot ng facemasks ang pinakamabisa at pinaka-available na depensa na meron ang bawat isa sa atin para makaiwas sa COVID-19.  Hindi exempted ang mga bata dito,” Moreno stressed, even noting that minors belong to the high risk groups like the elderly.

Meanwhile, Moreno also noted a latest report from Manila department of social welfare Re Fugoso saying that minors also comrprise a good number of the total rescued streetdwellers in recent days, numbering 1,028 in all.

Worse, Moreno said some of them even tested positive for COVID-19.