More erring 'tambays' lectured, arrested in the regions

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22) — Authorities in several regions have started their intensified campaign against violators of local ordinances upon the order of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Bulacan police has implemented "Oplan RODY (Rid the Streets of Drunkards and Youths) and 167 erring bystanders were rounded up from June 20 to 21. Most of the offenses were curfew violations for minors and drinking of liquor in public.

Acting Bulacan police chief Senior Superintendent Chito Bersaluna said some bystanders or "tambays" were also gathered and lectured on the hazards of loitering especially late at night.

The Bulacan Police in a statement said 21 out of the 167 violators of the local laws were brought to police stations. Out of this number, 9 were allowed to go home while 12 stayed for further questioning.

"Most of the violators of ordinances were only accosted (sinita), fined, and few were arrested or detained... The main intent is to prevent crimes and improve the sense of security of our people in the streets," he said on Friday.

Davao Police Regional Office 11 reported 599 violators were apprehended from June 13 to 20 for drinking in prohibited places, loitering half naked, violation of curfew for minors, and stirring trouble.

Meanwhile, in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur, over a hundred violators were apprehended on Thursday for violating a 72-year-old anti-loitering ordinance.

The city ordinance that was approved in 1946 prohibits any person to loiter in the city proper without any specific and justified purposed from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am the next day. It is reinforced by the curfew ordinance approved in 2017 that prohibits residents from roaming outside their houses from 11 pm to 4 am.

No one was arrested, but Pagadian police chief Alvin Saguban lectured the loiterers about the two existing ordinances in the city.

Police officers of Valencia City in Bukidnon arrested nine people for violating the city's curfew ordinance. Local police started the drive against criminality on Thursday and it expects to arrest local law violators in the coming days as the campaign intensifies, said Valencia City PNP Director P/Supt. Ritchie Retchie Jaguit Yandog.

In Metro Manila, 8,015 have been arrested in violation of different city ordinances from June 13 to 21.

The nationwide campaign to keep apprehending and arresting more bystanders or "tambays" found violating city laws came after President Rodrigo Duterte on June 13 ordered the police to be strict against loitering on the streets because "they are potential trouble for the public."

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the anti-tambay drive is part of the Duterte administration's crime prevention measure.