- The Supreme Court ordered three LGUs to temporarily stop implementing curfew ordinances
- The order covers Manila, Quezon City and Navotas City
- Youth group SPARK said the implementation of curfew ordinances violated the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006
The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, July 26, ordered three cities in Metro Manila to temporarily stop implementing their curfew ordinances after a youth group asked the High Court to declare them unconstitutional.
According to a Sun Star article dated July 26, 2016, the SC granted the petition for certiorari and prohibition with an urgent appeal for the issuance of a temporary restraining order by the political youth group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) that would stop the implementation of curfew for minors in the City of Manila, Quezon City and Navotas City.
“The Court, acting on the Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition with Application for a Temporary Restraining Order challenging the “Curfew Ordinances” of the three local governments issued a TRO effective immediately and until further orders enjoining the three local government units from implementing and enforcing the curfew ordinances,” SC spokesman Atty. Thoeodore Te said in a statement.
The SC also orders the respective mayors of the three local government units to comment on the petition filed by SPARK. The LGUs were given 10 days to do so upon receipt of the SC resolution.
The spokesman for SPARK said the implementation of the curfew ordinances violated Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.
Joanne Lim, SPARK spokesperson, said the three LGUs’ ordinances prohibit youth under 18 years old to go out from between 10 pm up to 5 am.
Aside from depriving minors of the right to liberty and right to travel, Lim said the ordinances also deprives parents of their primary right in the rearing of the youth.
“We are also crying foul on the unjust detention of the youth’s parents if their children are apprehended during curfew hours,” she added.