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Hontiveros challenges PRRD to prey on WPS ‘loiterers’ instead of the local ‘tambays’


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While stressing that “hanging out is not a crime”, opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to pivot his approach on driving away Chinese dwellers in the disputed Panatag or Scarborough Shoal rather than forcing intimidation towards ordinary ‘tambays’ in the streets.

In a statement, Hontiveros said, “That’s the problem with President Duterte – he’s only tough on the poor, the jobless, and defenseless bystanders, but he crumples under China who have been forever loitering in Panatag Shoal,”

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano meanwhile, immediately came to the President’s defense saying that both Philippines and China now have ‘co-control’ of the area with better diplomacy than it was when the rift started not long ago.

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“I believe, at this point in time, we have ‘co-control’ with them (Chinese) because we can go there freely,” Cayetano asserted reporters during DFA’s anniversary celebration on Monday.

Although the President have been wanting to regain total possession of the West Philippine Sea, he admitted that going to war with China would only result into a massacre over the maritime row as the Chinese military power is totally not a vulnerable target to deal with and could not be easily overcome by our very own.

"Definitely, when President Duterte came in, it (some of the islands) was controlled by the Chinese. Now, we can use semantics, we could debate with them: how much control do we have, how much we do not control?” Cayetano said.

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“All I can say is this: our situation now is much, much better than two years ago,” he assured.

Perhaps the bigger issue for Hontiveros is the presence of China ‘loitering’ around the disputed shoal instead of reinforcing vigilance and upholding the law down to the local community. This situation which she clearly exploits to usher yet another set of tirades against the President.

“What kind of logic is operating behind this so-called order? Bystanders are automatic criminals? Hanging out will lead to crimes? What’s next? Is the President also going to criminalize the use of motorcycles because it is the vehicle of choice of riding-in-tandem criminals? It is absurd,” she said.

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“Hanging out is not a crime. As a lawyer, he should know that his order has no legal basis. The vagrancy law has been repealed. President Duterte’s arrest-all-tambays (loiterers) order is unconstitutional,” she added.

On a side note, Senator Panfilo Lacson forewarned President Duterte on apprehending simply regarded as ‘loiterers’ as it may be questionable before the Supreme Court since the decriminalization of Vagrancy, with the exception of prostitutes, amended provisions stated under Article 202 of Act No. 3815, otherwise known as the Revised Penal Code.

“Unless there are other existing laws the authorities can use to apprehend those who have nothing to do but loiter and talk endlessly on the streets and street corners, these actions by the police can be questioned before the Supreme Court,” Senator Lacson said.

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Hontiveros challenges PRRD to prey on WPS ‘loiterers’ instead of the local ‘tambays’ Reviewed by Unknown on June 20, 2018 Rating: 5 Photo credit to ABS-CBN News While stressing that “hanging out is not a crime”, opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros challenged Presiden...

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