‘Tambays sa kanto’

LIKE in other parts of the world, the Philippines, an impoverished nation of more than 100 million people, is teeming with “tambays sa kanto,” drinking liquor until the wee hours of the morning.

To the horror of irate residents and passersby, particularly women, some of these “tambays” or bystanders, armed with knives or stones, have the penchant for creating trouble while drunk.

This despite the fact that many local government units (LGUs) have ordinances banning drinking in public places like streets, plazas and parks, not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.

In some instances, these bystanders engage in robbery-holdup, snatching, drug pushing and other petty crimes, drawing the ire of various sectors of Philippine society, including students.

It is heartening to note, however, that President Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police, led by Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde, to strictly implement these ordinances.

Immediately, the PNP chief ordered his 17 regional directors, specifically National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar to go after these “tambays”.

Albayalde said the men and women in police uniform ought to strictly implement these city and municipal ordinances during their routine patrol duties to keep people away from trouble.

A long-time Manila resident said President Duterte’s order to the PNP to go after “tambays” across the country is, without doubt, very good for the Filipino people and the community.

Note that police and barangay officials in the Metropolitan Manila area are also busy everyday accosting curfew violators, lecturing them and their parents before releasing the former.

Doubtless, under the crusading Duterte administration, which ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022, our police authorities now have the political will to make the streets safe for the public.