Albayalde says nothing new in campaign vs ‘tambays’
The recent Philippine National Police (PNP) directive to be strict against “tambays” or bystanders on the streets at night is not a change of policy but just a prompt enforcement of existing laws, according to PNP chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde.
“Wala naman pong bago sa sinasabi ng ating pangulo na hulihin (bystanders) dahil no’ng ako ay regional director ng NCR talagang hinuhuli na natin ‘yan,” Albayalde said in an interview with DZBB on Saturday.
(There is nothing new with the president orders to apprehend bystanders, because when I was the regional director of the National Capital Region, we already apprehend them.)
Albayalde’s remarks was in relation to the criticism that President Rodrigo Duterte got after issuing a directive against people who continue to loiter the streets, or idle their time away, even at night.
Several lawmakers said that the President’s order strikes a similarity to the situation when former President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the entire country in September 1972.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque downplayed the fears, saying that President Duterte only wanted a stricter enforcement of laws — and apprehending “tambays” is a way to deter crime.
The PNP chief echoed Malacañang’s sentiments, saying that the measure is aimed at providing security for innocent people.
“Mahirap kasi kung hindi taga doon, kaya iniiwasan po ‘yan, na iniingatan din natin, binibigyan ng seguridad lalo na ‘yong mga dumadaan, mga nanggagaling sa trabaho,” he said.
(The problem is if the bystander is not from that community, that’s why we avoid this, because we want to provide security for passersby and those who come home from work.)
When asked if police officers might use the President’s orders to abuse their power, Albayalde said that police officers are governed by rules and regulations, and he believes that they would act accordingly.
“Well ‘yon naman pong mga pulis natin ay covered by laws at alam naman po nila na meron tayong sinusunod na police operational procedures na palagi pong nandyan,” he said.
“‘Yong respect for human rights ay palagi pong paramount at alam naman po ng ating mga kapulisan,” he added.
(Well, our policemen are covered by laws and they know that we should constantly follow police operational procedures. The respect for human rights is always paramount, and police officers know this.) /jpv
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