- Bill setting curfew for minors filed in House of Representatives
- Those 17 years old and below cannot go out from 10PM – 5AM
- Offenders to face counseling, community service, and fines; Parents or guardians to be jailed
- Author said bill to keep children safe, prevent criminals from using them
MANILA, Philippines – A bill proposing a nationwide curfew for minors has been filed in Congress.
Under House Bill 894, children 17 years old and below are prohibited from going out in the streets without a parent or guardian from 10PM to 5AM every day.
Those who violate the curfew the first time are required to undergo counseling together with their parents or guardian. Second-time offenders are punished with community service. Multiple-time offenders are also awarded fines, with their parents or guardians facing potential jail time.
Quezon 4th District Representative Helen Tan, author of the bill, said the proposed law aims to protect children and at the same time prevent them from being exploited by criminals.
“Aware naman tayo na ang kabataan nagagamit in criminal acts so technically ‘yun ‘yung intention natin to prevent these children to engage sa mga ganoong gawain and at the same time their safety,” she told ABS-CBN.
[We are aware that children are being used for criminal acts so technically that’s our intention, to prevent these children to engage in those acts and at the same time ensure their safety.]
She said while LGUs currently set their own curfews, a national law will have more teeth than a mere ordinance.
“It’s about time na i-compel natin, kailangan natin ng batas, ang batas kasi may ngipin kumpara sa ordinansa. Kapag nalaman siguro nila na may batas na ganito baka in that way ma-address natin ‘yung problema.”
[It’s about time that we compel, that we need a law, because a national law has more teeth compared to an ordinance. If they know that there’s a law like this maybe we can address the problem.]