QC vice mayor hit for defending curfew

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A militant youth group on Monday scored Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte after she claimed during a live interview that the curfew ordinance in her city has been “very successful” in reducing the crime rate. Joanne Lim, spokesperson of the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark), said Belmonte’s assessment is vague. The group, last Friday, filed a petition before the Supreme Court asking for a temporary restraining order on the curfew ordinances of the cities of Manila, Quezon and Navotas for vagueness over breadth and runs contrary to a national law, Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Act. Belmonte expressed approval for the continuity of the curfew, asserting that its success was reflected on restored discipline and order at Quezon City, as the youth no longer loiter outside the streets late at night up to dawn. Lim wondered what was the basis of Belmonte to claim that the curfew was “very successful.” She stressed that while the curfew ordinances bear the promises of peace and order, in recent experience and actual implementation, the curfew does otherwise.

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