NCRPO to continue enforcing ordinances as part of discipline drive

POLICE in Metro Manila are averaging more than 1,000 apprehensions a day since they started strictly enforcing city and municipal ordinances aimed at disciplining Filipinos from June 13 last year to date , the Journal Group learned yesterday.

Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde and National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar also assured that their ‘discipline drive’ is not sparing anyone.

The PNP chief had also maintained that their drive covers both rich and poor who violate the law and not ‘tambays’ alone. He explained that they will be apprehended if they are found violating city and municipal ordinances like smoking, urinating and drinking in public.

“We are not arresting these people because of the word na ‘tambay’ sila but simply because they had violated local ordinances,” he said.

Eleazar has cited the ‘broken window theory’ which says that crime is the inevitable result of disorder when he vowed that their Oplan: Disiplina specifically the strict enforcement of ordinances on curfew and drinking in public will be continuously enforced in Metro Manila.

The NCRCPO chief said from June 13, 2018 to date, nearly 1.2 million violators of local ordinances have been apprehended. The PNP launched a strict drive against violators of different city and municipal ordinances across the country on orders of President Duterte.

The official said that of the total number of violators, nearly 800,000 were given warnings; more than 223, 000 were given fines while nearly 169,000 were charged in court.

Eleazar said a broken window that is not attended to speaks badly of one’s home and neighborhood.

The Broken Window theory says that little unattended bad situations lead to bigger ugly situations that can ultimately become widespread chaos and disaster.

Following this theory, Eleazar justified the order of the President to implement local ordinances strictly.

“Tulad ng inuman sa kalsada ng mga magkakaibigan, pagka nagkayabangan at nagkapikunan, away tiyak ang kahihinatnan, at patayan pa minsan. Yung paglabag ng maliit na ordinansa ay natuloy sa malaking krimen na walang may gusto,” he said.

Of the nearly 1.2 million violators apprehended, nearly 75,000 were minors who were held for violating the curfew hours while over 54,000 adults were accosted for drinking in public places.

Eleazar said that they have effectively prevented the possibility the minors accosted for ignoring the curfew hours could have figured in deadly street troubles like rock-throwing, mugging and simple theft. On the other hand, the more than 54,000 adults apprehended for drinking in public places effectively prevented possible drunken brawls and other crimes.

More than a year after he ordered the implementation of the PNP Oplan: Displina, Gen.Albayalde has ensured the citizenry that the police will always ensure the protection of human rights as they enforce President Duterte’s order to go after the so-called ‘istambay sa kanto’ at night and in the wee hours of the morning.

The PNP chief said that on instructions of President Duterte, they will strictly implement city and municipal ordinances that bar ‘kanto boys’ from loitering the streets as they pose threat to public safety with the assurance that the Police Operational Procedures which is anchored on the promotion and protection of human rights will always be followed.

‘The following are some local ordinances and their corresponding penalties:

Drinking in public in many parts of Metro Manila is punishable by a minimum of P500 to as much as P10,000 or imprisonment for 1-month;

Alarm and scandal carries a penalty of P200 and a 1-day to up to 30-day imprisonment according to the Revised Penal Code;

Curfew on minors: initial counseling to as much as P5,000 fine or a 6-month jail term for the minors’ parents or guardians or 8 hours of community service.