I find it hilarious, if not ridiculous, that the mainstream media could misinterpret the statement of Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte about the 1a.m. curfew for a “curfew” imposed during Martial Law which curtails people’s movement during specified hours at night.
They got it all wrong. Totally wrong.
When Mayor Duterte talked about imposing a 1 a.m. “curfew,” he was actually referring to the curfew he imposed in Davao City for the serving of alcohol, beer and other intoxicating drinks.
Read this article written by Nestor Corrales:
“Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he would implement a nationwide curfew if elected president in the 2016 national elections.
“’Pag ako naging president, ala-una (ng madaling araw) sarado na,” he said in an interview on radio DZMM, saying he wanted to protect children.
“Ang inaalala ko ay ‘yung mga bata. There’s always a time for everything,” he added.
“Davao City has been implementing a curfew law, ordering that those 18 years old and below are not allowed to loiter in the city between 10 pm and 5 am unless they are accompanied by their parents or guardians of legal age.
“Duterte has ordered the arrest of parents whose children are seen roaming the streets of the city during the curfew period.”
While there is indeed a local ordinance being enforced in Davao City which prohibits minors from loitering in the city from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the Mayor was actually referring to the serving of alcohol, beer and other intoxicating drinks when he said “pag ako naging President, ala una, sarado na.”
The Inquirer reporter mixed up the curfew for minors with the 1 a.m. curfew for the serving of alcoholic drinks which is also enforced strictly in the city.
The “curfew” report by the Inquirer has been pointed out by critics as the prelude to a possible declaration of Martial Law by Duterte.
Already, the wrong interpretation of the Mayor’s statement is being exploited by his political detractors.
(Photo credit: Davao at night photo downloaded from pinky-exchange.com and photo of a disco party from sky-is-the-beginningblogspot)