Manila, Philippines – As the summer vacation is fast approaching, the Manila city government reminded minors that it will strictly implement its curfew ordinance during schoolbreak.
Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, in a statement, said that they will be prohibited from loitering the streets from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. once the summer vacation starts to ensure their safety and prevent them from getting involved in petty crimes or other illegal activities.
Lim directed chief of staff and media bureau director Ric de Guzman to make the necessary coordination with all concerned government units to ensure that the prohibition is enforced to the letter.
“These youngsters, if allowed to loiter in the streets at night, have the possibility of ending up either as victims of crimes or part of it, the mayor said,“ Lim said.
Lim noted that gang wars and rumbles usually occur late at night until the wee hours of the morning. Minors are also lured to vices such as drugs and illegal gambling.
He specifically directed De Guzman to coordinate with Manila Police District (MPD) director Chief Supt. Alex Gutierrez, barangay bureau director Atty. Analyn Buan, and social welfare chief Jay dela Fuente regarding the continued and even stricter implementation of the ordinance during vacation. (Leonard D. Postrado)
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