President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is bent on implementing a 10 p.m. curfew for unescorted minors throughout the country.
“The curfew will be strictly implemented nationwide,” Duterte announced during today’s flag-raising ceremony at Davao City Hall, the last one for him as mayor of the city. (Read: Duterte’s last flag-raising ceremony as Davao City mayor)
Duterte also said he will order the arrest of parents who allow their children to wander the streets beyond the curfew, which has been in effect in the city for many years now.
“You can arrest the parents for abandonment and exposing their children to danger. That is how the government wants to protect its children,” he said.
Duterte also took time to lambaste human right advocates and lawmakers who had criticized the implementation of the curfew, calling them “bobo (idiots).”
“Pa’no magiging (How can that be a) human right violation na you protect the country by controlling the movements at night and that’s human rights violation?” he said.
“When you take children into custody, we are not in the process of arresting. We are taking into custody the child to protect him from harm,” he said.
He said the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should focus on violations committed against innocent victims.