PNP Chief 'open' to criticism, but stands by law enforcement drive

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2018 12:17 PM

Philippine National Police Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde speaks at police general headquarters. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA --Philippine National Police Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said Monday he was "open" to criticism of the police's heightened law enforcement drive, but will not heed calls to suspend it.

The Commission on Human Rights had called on the PNP to suspend its drive against loiterers or "tambay" unless its parameters are clear.

"Open naman tayo sa criticisms para ma-correct natin ang dapat ma-correct pero para itigil ang operations, I don’t think 'yan ang dahilan dyan," Albayaldo told DZMM.

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(We are open to criticism to correct what needs to be corrected, but to stop the operations, I don't think that's the right reason.)

"Basta ipapatupad pa po natin ang batas. Dapat po alam ng CHR 'yan," he added.

(We will implement the law. The CHR should know that.)

Since President Rodrigo Duterte spoke against loiterers earlier this month, police had rounded up violators of various ordinances, including those against loud karaoke parties and going shirtless in public.

Last week, 25-year-old Genesis "Tisoy" Argoncillo, died, allegedly due to mauling in a Quezon City jail cell. He was accosted for allegedly going shirtless in public.