MANILA - Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday ordered police to go after vandals in Metro Manila, days after 4 young suspects were nabbed for defacing walls and infrastructure in the capital city.
The arrest of vandals is "just and lawful" because they have been showing their "utter disregard of the law and defacement of government properties," Año said in a statement.
"Imbes na tumigil, tuloy pa rin sila sa pagsasalaula nila sa kapaligiran. Hindi na sila nakikinig sa awtoridad. Sobra na," he said.
(Instead of stopping, they continue to deface the environment. They no longer listen to authorities. It's too much.)
"Nagsusumikap ang gobyerno na magkaroon ng kaayusan at kalinisan pero binababoy nila. They have been repeatedly warned and now they will face the consequences of their actions," he said.
(The government is working hard to put order and clean the country, but they just smear it.)
The group Panday Sining took responsibility for vandalizing Manila's newly-painted wall. Four of their members, aged between 18 and 24, were arrested over the weekend.
Año said the government respects freedom of expression, but the privilege is still bounded by rules.
"Huwag ninyo namang gawing malaking drawing board o canvas ang Metro Manila. Maraming paraan para ipahayag ang inyong saloobin at hindi kasama doon ang walang habas ninyong pagpipinta sa mga pader ng Maynila,” he said.
(Don't treat Metro Manila as a big drawing board or canvas. There are many ways to express your thoughts, and that does not include vandalism.)
"Huwag ninyong sirain ang kinabukasan ninyo sa mga walang kuwentang gawain. Magsipagtapos kayo sa pag-aaral ninyo at tumulong kayo sa pamilya at bansa," Año said.
(Do not destroy your future with useless acts. Finish your studies and help your family and our nation.)