- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno wants irresponsible parents to be held liable for minors who violate the curfew and face masks protocols
- He said these minors are neglected by parents and often turn out to be COVID-19 positive
- Mayor Isko said, “hard times require hard decisions”
Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno wants to make “irresponsible” parents accountable for their children’s violations.
The city mayor said he wants to apprehend parents for letting their children go outside their homes without face masks especially during curfew hours.
After receiving a report from the Manila Department of Social Welfare (MDSW) showing that more minors were apprehended for violating curfew and face mask ordinances, Mayor Isko said parents of these minors should be held liable.
Mayor Isko also noted that among the 1,028 street dwellers rescued by the MDSW, many of them were minors. He said these minors were mostly neglected by their parents and often turn out to be COVID-19 positive.
“Marami dyan ay pinabayaan ng mga magulang. Ilan sa kanila ay positibo sa COVID-19 matapos ang testing pagkaraang ma-rescue sa kalsada,” Mayor Isko said.
The Mayor said the parents of these children should face charges for neglect. He said he has to make “hard decisions” to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Isko said parents should be responsible enough to care for their children.
“I don’t mind kung mapuno ang ating mga kulungan ng mga pabayang magulang dahil sa paglabag sa Ordinance No. 8243 o ang Anti-Child Endangerment Ordinance of the City of Manila,” Mayor Isko said.
“Hard time requires hard decision para mapigilan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19,” he added.
Mayor Isko has ordered Manila
Polic e Department chief Polic e Brigadier General Rolando Miranda and MDSW chief Re Fugoso to file charges against parents caught neglecting their children.
“Kaya sa mga magulang, maging responsable po tayo,” he said.