MANILA - Malacanang on Thursday welcomed proposals to investigate the government's campaign against loiterers, either by lawmakers or even the top court.
"Lahat naman po ng imbestigasyon ay katungkulan 'yan ng Kongreso, parehong kapulungan ng Kongreso. Lalong-lalo na kung sila po ay bubuo ng batas para lalong mas mabuti ang implementasyon na ninanais makamit ng ating Presidente,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
(The Congress, both houses, are mandated to investigate. Especially if they will create laws that will improve the implementation of laws, which the President also desires.)
“We welcome the Congressional investigations, and we also welcome challenges before the Supreme Court, the President has said so,” he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered law enforcers to continue its operations even as its legality might be questioned before the courts, added Roque.
Motions seeking an investigation into the crackdown and the death of a Quezon City collared during the intensified drive are pending at the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Palace insisted it was not criminalizing vagrancy in ordering loiterers' arrest, insisting that authorities are merely implementing existing local ordinances penalizing drinking in the streets, or roaming in the streets half-naked.
Roque also insisted that the campaign "is a form of higher police visibility intended to act as deterrent towards the commission of crimes."