By Aaron Recuenco
More than 44,000 people have been arrested for violating various City ordinances that include smoking and drinking in public places in various areas in Metro Manila since the so-called anti-tambay operations was launched last month.
This was disclosed by Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), who said that, of the 44,230 arrested from June 13 to July 11, almost half came from the eastern part of Metro Manila which includes Pasig, Marikina, San Juan and Mandaluyong.
The Eastern Police District (EPD) accounted for 45.95 percent of the total violators arrested, or 20,325; followed by Southern Police District (SPD) with 18.75 percent or 8,292 arrests.
Manila Police District (MPD) and Quezon City Police District (QCPD) came third and fourth with 13.6 percent and 12.9 percent respectively. The Northern Police District (NPD) which covers (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela) accounted for 8.86 percent of the arrests.
“Most of those arrested were for smoking in public places which account for 33 percent of the arrest, or 14,635 arrests,” said Eleazar.
On the other hand, a total of 6,643 minors were taken into custody in various parts of Metro Manila for violating curfew rules set by the local government units.
Among them was a girl who was arrested inside their house which went viral in the social media.
Eleazar defended his men, saying the supposed house where the girl was hanging out was actually a computer shop which is among the places where minors are prohibited during curfew rules.
Of the total number of persons arrested, Eleazar said almost 60 percent of them were immediately sent home and were just warned not to repeat the offense.
A total of 12,666 violators, on the other hand, were fined, according to Eleazar. A total of 5,14 arrested violators, on the other hand, were charged.
“Of all of these violators arrested, only 46 remain under police custody as of this morning (Wednesday),” said Eleazar.
Police have intensified the campaign against loitering after a statement from President Duterte.
The Philippine National Police leadership immediately dropped the name anti-tambay operations due to intense criticisms that include the death of a person they arrested for being half-naked inside a police detention facility in Quezon City.