MANILA–The Quezon City government on Tues-day night began imposing the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. cur-few for minors after the Supreme Court (SC) affirmed that the city ordi-nance on “discipline hours for minors” is constitu-tional.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has expressed gratitude over the SC decision.
“I haven’t read the SC order at this point (but the) QC government thanks the Supreme Court for their timely decision,” Bautista said in a short statement.
“We can now imple-ment the Discipline Hour Ordinance in Quezon City. The 142 barangays will now ensure that the provi-sions of the Ordinance are judiciously enforced with full consideration of human rights.”
The constitutionality of City Ordinance 2301-2014 — also known as the Quezon City Discipline Hours for Minors — and similar ordinances from Manila and Navotas, was questioned before the high court in July last year by the group, Samahan ng mga Progresibong Kabataan.
The SC granted the group’s request for a tem-porary restraining order to bar the three cities from imposing their respective ordinances.
However, during the high court’s deliberation on Tuesday, the justices ruled that only Quezon City’s ordinance is constitutional and complies with guidelines.
The ordinance stipulates that “the parent or guardian of the curfew violator will be penalized for allowing the minor to go out during this period, either knowingly or by insufficient control”.
The city ordinance was enacted in response to complaints about the rising number of minors roaming the streets, endangering motorists or getting in-volved in street crimes and illegal drugs. QC PAISO