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” will not spare anyone found violating an ordinance in the metropolis.
The PNP chief explained that the ongoing discipline drive by the police covers both the rich and the poor who will violate city and municipal ordinances like smoking, urinating and drinking in public.
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 Broken Window theory says that little unattended bad situations lead to bigger ugly situations that can lead ultimately to 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
The NCRCPO chief said that from June 13, 2018 to date, nearly 1.2 million violators of local ordinances in the metropolis 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.
Of the nearly 1.2 million violators apprehended, nearly 75,000 were minors who were apprehended 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 that the minors accosted for violating 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.
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.