By Genalyn D. Kabiling
The government is prepared to face any congressional inquiry into the controversial police crackdown against loiterers or idlers or “tambays” breaking the law.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Malacañang respects Congress prerogative to conduct inquiries, adding the government has nothing to hide about its peace and order campaign.
“May kapangyarihan ang Kamara na magkaroon ng ganyang imbestigasyon lalong lalo na dahil it will be in aid of investigation,” Roque said during a press conference in Cagayan de Oro City. “We always welcome any congressional inquiry. Wala pong tinatago,” he said.
Roque made clear that President Duterte’s directive to the police was to accost, not arrest, those loitering in the streets to keep peace and order in the communities. Only those violating city ordinances would be arrested by the police, he added.
“Kung wala kang ginagawang kasalanan, paglabag sa kahit anong batas, hindi ka naman pupuwedeng hulihin. Iyan po ay police visibility at iyon po ay talaga namang isang pamamaraan para po maiwasan ang krimen,” Roque said.
Sen. Bam Aquino has called for an investigation into the government’s latest crackdown on tambays or those loitering in the streets following the death of a detainee while in police custody.