Duterte ‘pambansang tambay’: de Lima

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“Si Duterte ang tunay na tambay ng bansa na walang ginawa kung hindi magmukhang palaging lasing at bangag sa harap ng publiko,” detained Senator Leila M. de Lima said amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive against “tambays”.

“Yan ang taong hindi talaga nagtatrabaho, na walang ginawa kung hindi magpatawa, magkalat ng tsismis at intriga, at mambastos ng mga babaeng dumadaan sa harap niya sa araw-araw ng kanyang pagka-pangulo ng bansa. Si Duterte ang tunay na pambansang tambay,” de Lima added.

The senator said that the President and the Philippine National Police (PNP) cannot just “make up a law out of thin air.”

“Hanging out has never been a crime. It is not even vagrancy, an act that was decriminalized precisely because of the law’s discriminatory and senseless objective,” she said.

“With no law to back up his new policy of arresting on sight so-called “tambays”, Duterte wants to demonstrate once again the lengths he would go to be more despotic than his idol Marcos. He has already succeeded in this in several aspects. Foremost among them is having the record for the highest number of Filipinos killed in State-sanctioned extra-judicial executions,” de Lima said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that “sa ngayon po ang mga ina-accost naman diyan ay iyong mga lumalabag ng mga ordinansa at saka iyong mga alam ng mga pulis na posibleng mayroong mga nilalabag na mga batas – iyong mga umiinom sa kalye, iyong mga nagsusugal sa kalye, iyong mga ganoon.”

Sources: http://senate.gov.ph/press_release/2018/0620_delima3.asp; https://pcoo.gov.ph/press-briefing/press-briefing-of-office-of-presidential-spokesperson-harry-roque/