MANILA - Some 480,00 were arrested for violating various city ordinances in Metro Manila in nearly 5 months, police said Sunday.
President Rodrigo Duterte in June directed the police to strictly enforce city laws, especially against loiterers, whom he described as "potential trouble for the public."
From June 13 to November 11, a total of 482,953 were arrested for disobeying local ordinances, said Metro Manila police chief Director Guillermo Eleazar.
Of this figure, only 10 were still under custody as of Sunday. A total of 327,921 were verbally reprimanded, 91,958 were fined and 63,074 faced complaints, he said.
Majority of those arrested or 136,708 individuals violated the smoking ban in public places, Eleazar added.
Of the total, 283,139 were nabbed in Quezon City, he said.
The police campaign earlier drew criticism after Genesis "Tisoy" Argoncillo, who was arrested for violating a local law in Quezon City, was beaten to death while in police custody.
Quezon City police officials claimed that the 22-year-old Argoncillo was mauled by other detainees.
His supposed beating is contrary to the Quezon City Police District's earlier claim that he may have died from suffocation and the police station commander's separate allegation that his death was "self-inflicted."
Police removed at least 9 officers from their posts over the incident, but refused to shelve the campaign. Malacañang, meanwhile, welcomed investigations into the drive.
Report from Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News