Justice secretary Menardo Guevarra recently announced that the shortening of curfew hours will most likely be decided upon by local government units (LGU), after the Catholic Church appealed for an adjustment of curfew to accommodate the Christmas tradition of Simbang Gabi.
According to published reports, Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo asked to further shorten curfew from the current 5 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Guevarra said that the Inter-Agency Task Force would discuss this at their next meeting, but most likely would be at the discretion of the LGUs, except Metro Manila, where the LGUs make uniform decisions.
Prior to this, Metro Manila mayors agreed to increase churches’ capacity from 10% to 30%.
They also agreed to reduce curfew hours from 12 m.n. to 4 a.m., except in Navotas, which retained their curfew from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.