By Jaimie Rose Aberia
The city council of Manila is planning to revise its existing curfew law after the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional its City Ordinance 8046.
“We are going to revisit the ordinance. Most probably what we can do is to punish the parents instead,” Majority floor leader Councilor Casimiro Sison said, citing a provision in the old curfew ordinance that allows authorities to fine and imprison minors caught for curfew violation, which the SC finds legal.
The old curfew ordinance, according to Sison, was approved in 2002 during the incumbency of then mayor Lito Atienza. Since last year, he said Estrada has stopped its implementation.
In a recent deliberation, SC has allowed curfew for minors in Quezon City but nullified those in Manila and Navotas, which it found to be unconstitutional.
The high court agreed with the argument of the petitioner, the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK), that City Ordinance 8046 of Manila and Pambansang Ordinansa 2002-13 issued by Navotas violated the provisions of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act.