City defends publishing photos of youth caught for curfew violations

Anti-Crime Task Force (ACTF) chief and city information officer Richard Ligad on Tuesday defended their practice of posting pictures of minors apprehended for curfew violations on social media.

Ligad was reacting to Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation president and ex-officio Councilor Myka Magbanua’s criticism of the practice, claiming it is a violation of laws protecting children and minors.

Ligad said they make sure to blur the faces of the minors they apprehend before posting them on Facebook. He said they do it as a practice to discourage other youth from violating a new ordinance imposing a 10 p.m. curfew on minors.

“May takip naman ang mukha ng mga bata. Gusto kasi namin na makita ng mga mamamayan na tayo ay seryosong nagi-implementa ng curfew. Kung wala tayong maipapakita parang naglolokohan lang tayo,” Ligad said.

Ligad said the city government is serious in the implementation of the curfew hours and teenagers who continue to disregard the city ordinance will have to bear the consequences of their actions.

He said that while he understands the concern of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation president and ex-officio Councilor Myka Magbanua regarding privacy, minors who continue to ignore the ordinance must learn their lesson.

Ligad claimed that since they began implementing the curfew ordinance, the incidents of teens getting involved in street brawls, gang fights, and other offenses has already decreased.

“Ayaw nila makita ang mukha nila sa FB, nahihiya sila. Kaya ‘yon ayaw na nila ma-curfew,” he said.

Ligad added that they will only stop posting the photos of the minors violating the curfew hours in the social media if the City Council will pass a resolution that will order it.

Until then, he said they will continue what they have already been doing since the curfew hours started.

“Kapag gumawa sila ng resolusyon na ipinagbabawal ‘yon at naaprubahan na, hindi na natin ito i-po-post pero sa ngayon tuloy pa rin tayo,” he said.

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