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Escudero questions silence of local execs on anti-tambay operations

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Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Sunday assailed local government officials for being mum on the anti-tambay campaign of the Duterte administration.

“Yun nga sana hinihintay ko na unang magdedepensa sana sa kanilang mga kababayan na constituents nila. Dahil ordinansa nila yan, constituents nila yan. Subalit tila karamihan ay nag-alangan ding magsalita laban sa binitiwang instruction ng Pangulo na sya mismo yung naglinaw,” he said in an interview with dzBB.

“Hindi naman nya sinasabing arestuhin (ang mga tambay). Sinabi lang na na parang tutol sya sa mga tambay, aba’y nag react kaagad marami sa ating kapulisan,” Escudero said.

The senator who stood opposed to the idea of rounding up “​tambays”or those loitering in the streets at night, said policemen involved in the operation could end up facing charges.

“Pwede silang balikan ng mga hinuli nila pag hindi nila sinampahan ng kaso, arbitrary detention ‘yun. Ibig sabihin pag lumampas sa tinatalaga na panahon para mai-release sila (na inaresto) na hindi kinakasuhan, pwede silang bweltahan nung mga nahuli o inaresto nila,” he said.

By now, Escudero said the PNP should have released all those in their custody who were nabbed in the course of carrying out the anti-tambay operation, which reports showed to be around 5,000 to 7,000

The senator noted National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar pronouncements on the directive to all policemen not to arrest loiterers who are not violating any city or municipal ordinance.

“Huli man daw at magaling, huli pa rin. Pero at least naiwasto kesa naman hanggang ngayon kinakaharap pa natin yang issue at problemang ‘yan,” Escudero said.