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Escudero asks PNP: Tambays OK in Starbucks but not those drinking 3-in-1 coffee?

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Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Sunday highlighted the apparent discrimination of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in rounding up “tambays.”

“Kung may pera, ika nga nila pwede kang tumambay sa Starbucks, o sa Figaro o kung saan pang kapihan, eh tambay ka pa rin naman. Pero kung nakabihis ka at nasa aircon ka, hindi bawal? Pero tambay rin sila.

Pano ‘yung mga walang pambili ng mga mamahaling kape? Pano kung nagtimpla lang sya ng 3-in-1 nyang kape sa bahay nya at lumabas sya?

Hindi rin naman siguro dapat ‘yan istriktuhan,” the senator said.

“Mahirap gamiting basehan ang kahirapan para parusahan, gipitin o ipitin ang sinuman,” he said.

Escudero, who is a lawyer, said there’s no probable cause for the law enforcers to arrest anyone who has not committed any crime.

“Kung sita, ok lang ‘yan pero hindi huhulihin,” he said.

“Yan siguro kailangang tingnan mabuti ng Sangguniang Bayan o Panglungsod yung ordinansa nila kaugnay sa hindi pagsusuot ng t-shirt,” Escudero said.

If there’s anyone who committed a violation of any municipal or city ordinance, a fine will be imposed.

“Hindi pwedeng lumampas ng isang buwang pagkakakulong yan. at lahat ng violators ng ordinansa ay bailable. Hindi sila pwedeng magpasa ng ordinansa na non-bailable. So either nagpiyansa na yan, napakawalan na yan, pwedeng hindi sinampahan ng kaso, sinampahan mo ng kaso, magbabayad lamang ng piyansa,” he said.

While it’s a acceptable to prohibit men from being “shirtless” in the streets, on the practically side, Escudero said it should not be strictly made a policy of the State.

“Sa totoo lang, mabuti sana kung nasa Europa tayo na palaging malamig.

Minsan sobrang init naman talaga, wala namang aircon, electric fan.

Siguro depende sa sitwasyon. Ang Boracay sigurado ako walang ordinansa na hindi pwedeng walang tshirt doon,” he said.