Three girls were dead on the spot and three other minors were in critical condition after a train ran over them while they were drunk and asleep on the tracks at 5:15 AM, Saturday.
The news took the social media by storm and attracted mixed reactions from netizens.
Facebook user Kath Duterte blamed what happened to the minors to the Supreme Court which temporarily stopped the implementation of curfew ordinances for minors in Manila, Quezon City (QC) and Navotas.
[Translation: Because of the foolishness of the judges who condoned the rules of curfew for minors, this is what happened in our place, at the very back of our house! 6 kids were ran over by train because they stayed out in the dark (all night) due to the absence of curfew.]
The post have since gathered 5,304 shares and hundreds of comments.
The Supreme Court’s decision came after a newly created youth group, Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) sent a 34-page petition that the curfew ordinances are depriving minors of their right to liberty and travel, and the parents of their right to rear their children. They also urged to eventually nullify the ordinances for being ‘vague, unjust, and repressive’ and unconstitutional.
A netizen countered the high court’s decision on the matter.
So we (as a society or community) can’t deprive children of the right to go out at night and do whatever act at some ungodly hour? It is against their rights, really? So does that mean that children are now welcome to drink, gamble, smoke, watch R rated movies, drive cars, and have a gun because it deprives them of their rights that an adult would be entitled to? Yeah!! Good one SC.
Maybe next we will have parents being charged for illegal detention for keeping their children in their house to do their homework, or making them eat their veggies, or telling them to go to bed early. Please God almighty save us from the SC.
Another netizen seemed to be in the same page as the comment above.
So, let me get this straight, children cannot be deprive of their liberty to travel in the dark and dangerous places because it’s the natural and primary rights of parental child rearing?
To one netizen’s disappointment, the youth group’s name, SPARK, was given a whole different meaning.
‘Samahang Palatambay At mga Reklamador na Kabataan’
But some netizens believe that it is the children who should be taught to prioritize their studies, like this one comment.
Pag aaral muna atupagin ninyo mga totoy at nene.
Wag pagala-gala sa kalye ng gabi, uwi kayo maaga at mag basa ng libro at saka gawin ninyo ang homework ninyo.
Sino bang bata pakalat-kalat ng 10pm ng gabi?
Dapat nasa bahay na mga menor de edad pag dating ng 10pm.
This netizen, however, took the road of sarcasm in the comment section.
Nasa school sila buong araw, sa gabi lang sila puwedeng manghuli ng Pokemon…
Some netizens believe that parents should be blamed, like in this particular post.
Dapat ang papanagutin ay yong mga magulang for negligence.
Another netizen commented no rage or favor, rather a Biblical verse that speaks about discipline on-point.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” – Hebrew 12:11.
DISCLAIMER: Names of other netizens are not included in this post to hide their identities.