DOUBTLESS, the mushrooming number of crimes being committed by minors these days remains a major
headache of parents and government authorities, notably law enforcement agents.
That’s why we, like other well-meaning Filipinos, doff our hat to the 175,000-member
Philippine National Police (PNP) for calling on the government to impose a nationwide curfew for
Note that curfew for minors is being implemented only in selected areas in the country, with
the police just monitoring the activities of teenagers in places where there’s no curfew.
PNP chief Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa, a member of Class 1986 of the elite
Philippine Military Academy (PMA), is aimed at helping curb street crimes in various parts of the
At the same time, Dela Rosa claimed that the so-called Pangilinan Law, otherwise known as
the Juvenile Delinquency Act, is a source of frustration in the PNP, which is civilian in nature but
national in scope.
It is public knowledge that some syndicates use minors in their criminal activities, knowing
full well that “hindi makakasuhan ang mga menor de edad na gumagawa ng krimen,” according to an
In calling for a nationwide curfew for teenagers, the hard-hitting PNP chief cited cases of
young kids being used by “Akyat Bahay” gang members to sneak inside unattended houses.
Dela Rosa said that many crimes could be prevented if there is a curfew for minors since the
police will have the authority to accost kids and place them under the custody of proper
In the view of many, there’s that urgent need to impose a nationwide curfew for youngsters
while concerned government authorities are crafting a comprehensive system to deal with young
We are all for this.