MANILA -- Authorities in the capital will stop using the word "tambay" in its its law enforcement drive, the Metro Manila police chief said Monday, after stricter enforcement of city ordinances raised concerns for possible human rights violations.
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, nagbigay ako ng direktiba na (I gave a directive that) we will no longer use in our report and interview the word 'tambay.' It should be violators of city ordinances, local ordinances and laws," said Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar, director of the National Capital Region Police Office.
"We can only arrest people who are violating or committing crimes or violations of ordinances and the rest, we cannot arrest anymore," Eleazar said.
Eleazar said the President's June 14 pronouncement against loiterers merely gave "emphasis" to police work.
"Kung ano mang sabihin ng presidente, hahanap kami ng solusyon na gampanan yun but within the limits of the law," he said.
(Whatever the President says, we will find a solution but within the limits of the law.)
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.