PNP not directly informed of new Metro curfew, but they should still enforce it — MMDA

Published April 12, 2021, 9:41 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) expects the Philippine National Police (PNP) to enforce the new unified curfew hours in Metro Manila for the remainder of the month, even if the agency admitted to not directly informing the police force about it.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos had announced Sunday night, April 11 that the new curfew to be observed in all 17 local government units (LGUs) in the metropolis would be from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

However, there were reports during its first day of implementation Monday, April 12 that the PNP would continue to enforce the old and longer curfew hours of 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., since the MMDA didn’t send them a copy of the document that made the new unified curfew hours official.

“The Metro Manila Council (MMC) already passed a resolution that the curfew would be from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. I stand by my statement that there was a resolution passed by MMC adjusting curfew hours,” Abalos told journalists via Viber on Monday night, in reaction to these reports.

“This was even announced during this noon’s press briefing of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in which I was also present. Although the PNP has not yet been given a hard copy of the resolution, we already clarified the matter with Usec Jonathan Malaya of DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government),” he added.

The operations of the PNP, a civilian organization, is overseen by the DILG. The department does so through the National Police Commission (Napolcom), which is one of its attached agencies.

The 17 Metro mayors comprise the MMC, which is policy- making body of the MMDA.

The new unified curfew was an offshoot of the lowering of quarantine protocols in Metro Manila to a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) starting April 12.

Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR) was among the areas placed under ECQ–the strictest lockdown status–from March 29 to April 11. During that period, the 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew was implemented by both the LGUs and PNP.