By Kate Javier
More than 200 people were rounded up during simultaneous anti-criminality operations in the northern Metro from Saturday night to Sunday morning as part of President Duterte’s order to get rid of potential troublemakers in the streets, beginning with “tambays” or loiterers.
Reports said that at least 204 violators of laws and city ordinances were apprehended in the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela.
The operations came days after President Duterte ordered the Philippine National Police to get rid of tambays to lessen crime, especially at night.
Of the total apprehended violators, 136 came from Caloocan, 56 of whom were minors who violated curfew hours and the rest were arrested for drinking liquor and being shirtless in public places.
In Malabon, 31 people were brought to the police stations, including four alleged gamblers playing cara y cruz.
In Navotas, 12 violators were nabbed for being half-naked and drinking in public.
Meanwhile, 25 violators, including four people smoking in public places, were apprehended in Valenzuela.
The arrested violators were brought to their respective barangays or police stations for proper disposition.