The public has called for harsher police action against the worsening street riots involving gangs in the city. These gangs mostly involve wayward youth though some of them are on their early adult stage. This is not the first time street gang wars happened in the city. It used to happen in the past, and as usual, police responded. But they keep on doing similar public threat and disturbance. This is because, maybe, police action is not that strict to stop and prevent them from recurring.
The latest in which netizens reacted strongly is last Saturday afternoon’s gang riot in front of the Post Office along the Boy Scout Rotunda in Roxas Avenue which scared motorists and passersby with the warring gangs throwing stones and other projectiles at each other. Police said they arrested 11 gang members and endorsed them to the Department of Social Welfare for appropriate action since they are still minors. They cannot be detained because of their young age. This policy which is now being fixed in Congress with the increasing number of juveniles involved in major crimes, has likely contributed to the increasing number of gangs in the city and elsewhere in the country.
A crackdown on these delinquent juveniles should be undertaken before they could harm innocent people. Though police assured of this, immediate action is needed, this means now, not tomorrow or next day. These gangs have to learn a painful lesson to keep them stay put. Aside from the danger they are posing to the public, they are becoming a big disruption to peaceful homes especially at night time or at dawn when they usually strike. Police should think of stricter measures to put a stop on these youthful hooligans. These youngsters became delinquent definitely due to lack of discipline and not poverty, which is often attributed to what have they become.