September 27, 2006
Missouri Compromise

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A new curfew is imposed on bars in Baguio City.

For the past few years, curfew on bars was set at 2 in the morning. Now the city mayor turns Baguio into Cinderella City cursed with a 12:00 midnight curfew!

Mr. Mayor reckons: an earlier closing time for bars, pubs and other entertainment establishments is one of the better ways to address Baguio’s increasing crime rate.

They flagged statistics to the opposition: an increase here and there. I’m unconvinced and still inclined to believe that Baguio has one of the lowest crime rates in the Philippines or at least comparably lower with the other major cities in Metro Manila where curfews are called for only when revolts are in-season…like Jolina on fashion.

My recent remoteness to the City of Pines may discredit any weight to my opinion. And my (waning) passion for nightlife renders me biased on the matter so I did a bit of research-of-a-sort.

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I asked a dear friend, a law enforcer from Victoria who once patrolled the streets of one the most livable cities in the world—Melbourne:

In your observation, do closing times of bars and crime rate have a causal relationship?

And here’s his reply:

“There is a direct connection between street crime and bar closing times. The later they close, generally the more trouble there is. Curfews work in reducing public order offences associated with alcohol. By reducing the amount of time in which to drink, people get less drunk and therefore there is less street fighting, vandalism etc.

An alternative used in Australia is an entry curfew, where the bar/club stays open late but after a certain time say 0100hrs no one is allowed entry. The idea is that you stop people roaming the streets from bar to bar causing trouble along the way. The bar can monitor alcohol consumption of patrons to prevent excessive drinking and people behave themselves because if they get asked to leave, there is nowhere else to go.”

I am still against the curfew imposed. But we’ve all heard about the Missouri Compromise (or not).

It’s lust versus law abidance when one’s asked to stop roaming at 0100 hours, but I want safe streets in my favorite city whenever I’m horny or not…

27 September 2006
posted by Bryan Anthony the First at 9/27/2006 |


At 7:06 PM, Blogger tin-tin said........
and if you're in a hurry consuming alcohol, you'll get more drunk

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
true! @ tin... why cant people appreciate the art of getting drunk


At 10:42 AM, Anonymous zingtrial said........
Hi This reminds me of This "When you participate in sporting's not whether you win or lose...... its how drunk you get"... He!He!He!
Wish you a good weekend

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
lets toast to that zing!~

At 11:34 AM, Anonymous carey said........
for me, that's too early for a curfew... i wonder if it would greatly affect tourism in Baguio?
anyway, i love Baguio and want to go back there again... just walking along its streets in a cold atmosphere is exhilirating, iba talaga ang ambiance. naks. enjoy the weekend!

At 2:50 PM, Anonymous ann said........
Here in our place, there's no curfew imposed on bars because we don't have bars here...hehehe. No bars, no nightlife, no liquor doesn't necessarily mean this place is free from street crimes but I can say it is minimal. You can still walk on the street wearing all your jewelries.

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said........
It's definitely the wrong surgical operation made worse even more by the wrong prescription.

In my opinion, although i know it doesn't matter that much, the fight against criminality can be well done if the government will well disect the reasons why crimes happen in the first place.

If the government, in this case--the baguio local government, will only address the roots, the mayor wouldnt be finding himself worrying too much about the rates.

If I were the mayor, I would ask my self this question: Is this government responsive to the basic needs and rights of the people who have put me into office and the primary reason of my existence here?

What is so ironic is that crimes are happening in Baguio where the Philippine Military Academy is based.

--thanks for dropping by my blog. will link u up and i hope it's ok.

At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said........
I like the way banana put it, it sounds so much better then "midnight, oh my God we are just getting started then!"

I am studying social work, and have taken a lot of sociology in the process. It is my opinion that stricter laws are like trying to fix a head wound with a bandaid. The real causes of criminal activity is usually based in the power structure of the society. The criminal groups are usually in a social position where they have few other possibilities and little influence. Tougher laws are often a replacement for real social change.

At 6:21 PM, Blogger cruise said........
kpaga pumapasyal ako sa baguio syiempre kumakain kami sa labas, nag ka kape, at madalas lumalampas sa 12midnight.. ganun na ba talaga sa baguio? nakakalungkot naman

At 4:15 AM, Blogger Goldenfrappe said........
Mmmmm...nice guy, very handsome indeed...! :)

At 5:34 AM, Blogger Lyka Bergen said........
To my Baguio sisters,

I am sorry but your time has been cut to find your Prince Charming for the night.

Pero that's OK, Cinderella naman ang beauty nyo.

From your fairy godmother.

At 6:32 AM, Blogger Aparna said........
at least there won't be anymore traffic jams with millions of pumpkins everywhere. get it get it get it! WINK.

At 1:02 PM, Blogger yey said........
/sarcasm why dont they just close at regular store hours?

the logic is faulty. youre telling me that the crime rate lowers with earlier curfew. vis a vis, if you close at 9, you might not see anything in the obituary the next day. /smirk.

At 10:46 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
ei guys thanks for droppin by

hi yey! hi aparna!

carey, ann, banana, dee, cruise golden, lyka: lets just hope baguio remains as "relatively" lovely as it is


At 1:05 AM, Anonymous charles ravndal said........
Hmmm well bars here in Norway closes around 2 or 3am. But at least we dont have a curfew or something though lots of police are patrolling the streets

At 5:48 AM, Blogger garytarugo said........
ang daming maganda sa baguio. puro mga taga hindi doon.

At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Claire said........
We had 24hr opening introduced recently here...not many bars have taken it up though surprisingly!

Can't say I'd be pleased with a midnight curfew, sometimes staying out until the early hours is half the fun of going out!

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Kelly Carson said........
Palliative solutions is incapable of cure. Obviously, the government is making another boboo on its policies. Papano na lang ang mga baklush na gumganda lang pag hating gabi?

its so mali. its so mali. I dont like.

At dahil bababa na ang crime rate sa Bagiuo, ibig sabihin nito, di na ako magagang rape ng Military Students? Hay... Wala bang branches ang PMA sa... Marinduque? Wala atang curfew dun?

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Kelly Carson said........
btw, I like the comment of YEY. OO nga.

Why not shut down the restaurant business in Bagiuo?! That would mean that crime rate would flat out. Hahahaha. I like Bagiuo's Mayor. He's an idiot... Hahahahaaaaayyy.

At 1:54 AM, Anonymous ghee said........
uh ohh..thats too early! a real cinderella you`ll become!

but i think they have their point..but uhm,hirap ng gimmick,ang aga??yikessss..

and hey,thanx for leaving me a comment ;)

At 10:46 PM, Blogger Kiss My Mike said........
it's possible that imposing a curfew on bars could help reduce crime rates. but it is only one of the many ways to do so.

i think it is also important to increase police visibility especially on prone areas.