AUTHORITIES -- including the Philippine National Police -- can best address the issue of “tambays” (loiterers) at the local level, without having to elevate it to the national level, said Senator Panfilo M. Lacson.
“If they say, being ‘tambay’ violates local ordinances, keep it local. The Chief, PNP doing all the explaining and justifying instead of the concerned local chiefs of police only adds up to the suspicion and criticisms,” said Lacson, after noting the arrests of such loiterers were based on local ordinances.
He added it would be better to leave it to local chiefs of police who can implement local ordinances under the provisions of the PNP Law.
Lacson, who headed the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001, cited the highly successful anti-crime experience of Davao City under then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, which gained widespread and almost unanimous public support from local residents.
“The highly successful Davao City anti-criminality experience under then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte gained widespread, almost unanimous public support from Davaoeños, and as recent history tells us, even catapulted him to where he is now,” he said.