CEBU CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Cebu provincial board approved on Monday, May 23, the resolution supporting a 10 pm curfew for minors, effective June 30, when the new set of elected officials start their term.
The provincial board passed the local resolution supporting incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to impose the same restriction on minors nationwide. (READ: Duterte: Curfew for minors in, late-night karaoke out)
District 1 board member Julian Daan presided the session, where the resolution was approved unanimously.
Arleigh Sitoy, representative of District 6, sponsored the resolution “strongly supporting the imposition of curfew for minors in the Philippines.”
The resolution states that “minors do not have any reason to stay in the streets beyond 10 in the evening unless they are accompanied by their parents and relatives for certain occasion.”
The resolution also stated that “at this time (10 pm onwards), some minors can be spotted drinking with their peers and some are alarmingly smoking marijuana or, worse, other illegal substances.”
Sun Shimura, District 4 representative and chairman of the peace and order committee, agreed to co-sponsor the resolution.
“I support the resolution since minors right now, they are the ones being used by syndicates to sell drugs and to steal,” Shimura told Rappler via phone interview.
“While there is no ordinance in the province regarding curfew, if this becomes a law, we will be pushing this province wide,” Shimura added.
Sitoy, who was absent from Monday’s session, had also filed a resolution supporting the reimposition of death penalty. It was deferred for voting as no other provincial board member agreed to co-sponsor the resolution. – Rappler.com
Richale Cabauatan is a Rappler intern and Mover
Editor’s note: We earlier reported that the resolution imposed a curfew in the province. The resolution expresses support for president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s plan for a nationwide curfew on minors. We apologize for the error.