The Philippine National Police (PNP) promised that they will not violate the human rights of ‘tambays’ (bystanders) following the latest order of President Rodrigo Duterte to arrest loiterers, in order to prevent criminal activities and appease public worry.
According to PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, in the National Capital Region (NCR), there are already ordinances for the apprehension of individuals drinking alcohol at streets, and not wearing t-shirts.
Albayalde also clarified that patrolling police will only reprimand bystanders, and will only bring them to police station if they are defiant.
The Commission on Human Right has criticized the directive of the President, and claimed that warrantless arrest is against the law.
In defense, the Malacanang said that the order of Duterte is just a crime prevention measure to protect the public from threats by loiterers.