BCPO urges ‘stiffer’ curfew penalties

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BACOLOD City – The penalties for the curfew for minors should be “stiffer,” according to the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).

The BCPO recommended such in its accomplishment report forwarded to Sangguniang Panlungsod secretary Vicente Petierre III this week.

In the report, the city police office cited that a total of 47 minors had been caught violating City Ordinance (CO) 331 from Dec. 25 to 31, 2018.

BCPO director Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo said CO 331 should be amended.

The ordinance aims to “provide special protection for children during nighttime by imposing curfew on minors (under 18 years old) from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.”

Violators caught are placed in the custody of the Social Development Center in Barangay Taculing.

According to Ebreo, to ensure minors follow the ordinance, their parents should also be held accountable in the first offense.

Under the existing ordinance, only the parents of “repeat offenders” are fined with 20 hours of community service, P2,000 penalty and 10-day imprisonment./PN

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