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Ordinances vs. ‘tambays’ being enforced – PNP

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde warned anew on Thursday individuals loitering in public half-naked while drinking alcohol.

Albayalde said the police continues to run after vagrants violating local ordinances, particularly those holding drinking sessions in public streets.

Albayalde’s remarks came after President Rodrigo Duterte directed law enforcement authorities to crack down on “tambays.”

“We have been doing that. There is a local ordinance. Those who are drinking liquor in the streets, those who are half-naked, if they want to drink, they must do so in their homes. City ordinances must be implemented,” he said.

He pointed out that all cities, especially Metro Manila, have an ordinance on loitering in the streets.

The law defines vagrants, among others, as persons having no apparent means of subsistence, who have the physical ability to work but neglect to apply themselves to some lawful calling, and those found loitering in public or semi-public buildings or places or tramping or wandering about the country or the streets without visible means of support.

The PNP chief said first offenders would generally be entitled to a warning but the police will enforce the law against habitual offenders.

President Duterte ordered the PNP to rid the streets of drug addicts and the “tambay” wandering at night, during the oath-taking ceremony on Wednesday of the newly promoted personnel of the PNP, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Bureau of Fire Protection held in Malacañang.

Duterte said in his speech the newly promoted officials should strictly enforce the law and embody the highest standards of excellence and selfless leadership.

He also directed the police to confront individuals wandering the streets especially in the middle of the night, saying they are potential troublemakers.#