Published: Wednesday 09 August, 2017

SC Reinstates Curfew for Minors in QC But Curfew in Manila, Navotas Disallowed

Curfew for minors in Quezon City has been reinstated. This after the Supreme Court ruled that Quezon City’s curfew for minors is constitutional. Meanwhile, the same measure were disallowed by the high court in Manila and Navotas.

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Curfew for minors reimposed in Quezon City. (SunStar photo)

Curfew hours for minors were imposed in Manila, Navotas a Quezon City in 2016. However, temporary restraining order (TRO) was issued by the SC after a petition was filed by the Samahan ng mga Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) against the three LGUs.

According to SPARK, the curfew was unconstitutional for being contrary to Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act.

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But in Tuesday’s en banc session, the Supreme Court said the Quezon City curfew for minors is constitutional because it penalizes the minor’s parent or guardian and not the minor himself. Thus, the curfew has been reimposed immediately, banning minors outdoors from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

Meanwhile, the high court disallowed Ordinance No. 8046 in Manila and Pambansang Ordinansa Blg. 2002-13 issued by Navotas City.

In its ruling, the SC said Manila’s curfew ordinance imposing reprimand, fines and imprisonment on minors is contrary to the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act and is thus unconstitutional.

On the other hand, Navotas City’s ordinance failed to provide the least restrictive means to implement the curfew, said the SC.