PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte clarified that nobody has been arrested since he ordered last week the crackdown on tambays or loiterers.
Duterte told the police to follow his order, which he said is part of preventing crimes.
The President said those who idle on the streets are sometimes the source of troubles, which result in crimes.
“Wala namang inaaresto. I just don’t want you using the streets to loiter,” he said at the end of his speech before agrarian reform beneficiaries in Cabatuan, Iloilo on June 20, 2018.
He said that when he was still mayor, he would drive taxis at night in order to discourage tambays.
“Kita mo ang Davao, napunta naman kayo ng Davao. O any time, walang hold up, wala lahat. Meron pero – Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur,” he said.
The President said imposing such discipline in order to prevent crimes results in economic boom province of a city or province.
“And you can see what little discipline can do to a place. Davao City you would not believe it, check it with the – it’s hitting 9.6 growth rate. Kaya ang Davao, mas mahal pa ang lupa kaysa Maynila o halos tabla, except the rural areas,” he said.
“Kung masunod ko lang ‘yung Davao sa lahat, okay na. Komportable na tayo. I mean that’s the kind of life that I want every Filipino to – you can walk around, park o rural road,” he added.