Manila to implement 8 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew

Isko Moreno & Honey Lacuna
Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna discuss plans for the city. Photo by Jerry S. Tan

THE Manila city government will also be implementing a curfew from 8 p.m. up to 5 a. m. in line with the national government directive.

Thus announced Mayor Isko Moreno, who said that the curfew is also intended to fulfill the city’s action response program CODE (contain and delay) against the spread of the coronavirus in communities.

Moreno thanked the Manila City Council headed by Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer Honey Lacuna for having passed an ordinance that embodied the curfew rules via a special session that ended on late Sunday night.

The mayor assured Manilans that the curfew will only be temporary and that it will immediately be lifted once the state of public health improves and President Duterte says so.

Violation of the ordinance carries a P5,000 fine  or one month imprisonment or both and barangay officials ar expected to implement it.

Moreno advised Manilans to always carry an ID or a letter from their company or personnel head if they need to be out during the prohibited hours due to the nature of their work.

He also asked for cooperation saying the ordinance is well-intended ‘para di tayo magkahawa-hawa...’yung social distancing ay para sa kabutihan ng lahat.’

Sa pamamagitan ng simple, maliit at sama-samang kaparaanan ay malalabanan natin at masasawata or ma-delay ang ‘peak’.  Nakikusap ako na tayo ay sumunod nang kusa para sa kapakanan natin at mga  mahal natin,’ he said.