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Parents in QC fined for allowing minors outside

Quezon City authorities on Wednesday fined parents whose children were found outside their homes amid the ban on minors outdoors in the National Capital Region (NCR).

According to Saleema Refran’s report on “24 Oras,” parents will pay P300 for the first offense, P500 for the second offense and P1,000 for the third and following offenses.

They will be given five days to pay the fine at the city hall.

In Barangay Matandang Balara, a child was seen running away from barangay authorities.

Meanwhile, a teenager tried to slip past authorities by faking her age. The parent later said that her child was only 14 years old.

Another parent refused to accept her ticket, saying that her children were only playing by their front door.

However, the barangay official said that it is a violation of the resolution as long as they are outside the house.

The barangay also uses its CCTV cameras to monitor children playing outside.

At present, Barangay Matandang Balara has reported the highest number of active cases in the city's District 3.

Meanwhile, Mayor Joy Belmonte stressed to enforcers and barangay officials that the children should not be harmed.

“Hindi dapat nila saktan ang bata, na tama lang ang handling doon sa mga bata. I-turn over lang po sa barangay ang bata,” Belmonte said.

(They should not harm the children, they should treat them properly and turn them over to the barangay)

In another part of the barangay, a senior citizen pinched the ears of his two grandchildren when he was given a ticket.

Barangay authorities and operatives of the Task Force Disiplina immediately told him it was prohibited.—Joahna Lei Casilao/LDF, GMA News