- An anti-curfew youth group criticizes the statement of Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte about curfew
- Belmonte said the curfew ordinance in Quezon City has been very successful
- Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan said her statement is as vague as her ordinance
Anti-curfew youth group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) criticized the statement of Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte that the curfew ordinance in Quezon City has been very successful in reducing the crime rate.
“In as much that we would prefer that the Mayors-respondents to reply to our petition before the Supreme Court instead of issuing public statements, we will have to disagree with Vice Mayor Belmonte’s assessment. Her assessment is just as vague as her ordinance,” SPARK Spokesperson Joanne Lim said.
On Friday, July 22, the group filed a petition before the Supreme Court; asking the high court to issue a temporary restraining order on the curfew ordinances of the cities of Manila, Quezon and Navotas.
The three-term vice mayor, on the other hand, expressed her approval for the continuity of the curfew.
Lim, however, said she’s wondering over the basis or means of measurement for Belmonte to claim that the curfew was “very successful.”
“Belmonte is mistaken into believing her own propaganda that the much vaunted peace and order in Quezon City is brought about by their curfew. This can be easily debunked by the twenty-two extra-judicial killings in her city from July 1 to 21 alone,” she stated.
“Empty streets does not translate that crimes are not happening [sic]. Belmonte must first prove that the curfew has a direct correlation to the decline of crime and if there was any decline, it must be because of the heavy-worded pronouncements of President Rody Duterte and Police Chief Bato dela Rosa. To think that the Quezon City ordinance was enacted more than two years ago,” the spokesperson added.