Mukha bang tambay? Police arrest netizen, friends for alleged loitering
A netizen shared on social media how they were arrested by Makati police only because they were mistaken for “tambay” or vagrants.
Facebook user Ttam Nanaramid narrated how the police recently brought them to the police station and put them behind bars because they allegedly violated an “anti-tambay” law.
The netizen clarified that they weren’t vagrants, but were only waiting for their friend outside of his house when the police approached them.
“Nung may lumapit samin na mga pulis, ang pagkakarinig ko ay iniinvite kami sumakay sa sasakyan at tatanuningin lang daw kami sa presinto. So sumama kami kase alam naman namin na hindi kami ‘tambay’ doon. I am not certain lang kung ano ba ang definition nila (ng mga pulis) ng ‘tambay’,” he wrote in a long Facebook status.
The netizen said he and his 5 companions were taken to Guadalupe Nuevo Station 7 and were put inside a cell.
“One of my friends is a law student and start asking questions kung ano yung naging issue. The questions weren’t entertained by any of the Makati Nuevo policemen at ini-emphasise nila na hihitayin pa daw si Major. Ang tanong samin ‘hindi ba kayo nanonood ng TV?’ Ipinanood pa samin yung declaration ni Pres. Rodrigo Duterte about the anti-Tambay law. Courtesy of #24oras GMA News. Ang sabi pa ay ‘basta sinabi ng pangulo, batas agad yun,’” he narrated.
It took them hours before they were finally released from the police station.
“Actually hindi ko na din alam kung anong lesson learned sa story na ito at until now hindi ko alam kung ano ang mali sa paghihintay sa labas ng bahay…. Hopefully, magkaroon sila ng clear measurement kung ano ang ‘tambay’ na dapat hulihin. In my 28 years of existence, ang pagkakaintindi ko ng tambay ay yung mga jobless (not all), homeless (not all) at mga nagsusugal sa labas ng bahay nila. If makita ka nila na umiinom ng soda sa labas ng tindahan, tambay na ba yun? Kung makita ka nila na umupo sa gutter ng daan dahil mabigat dala mo, tambay na ba yun? Kung makita ka nila sa waiting shed na naghihintay ng sasakyan, tambay na ba yun? What is the true and clear meaning and measurement ng tambay?”
Looks like someone needs to answer these questions one way or another.