The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports on a press briefing held by the PNP on their intensified “tambay” campaign: “The Philippine National Police (PNP) will continue its strict crackdown against “tambays,” police chief Dir. Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde said on Monday as he maintained that they did not misinterpret President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive on loiterers. While noting the death of Genesis “Tisoy” Argoncillo was unfortunate, Albayalde said the campaign, which supposedly enforces local ordinances on peace and order, did not target mere loiterers but those violating local ordinances.
“The campaign has sparked public criticism after the death of 25-year-old Argoncillo, who was arrested by patrolling police for alarm and scandal on June 18 and was beaten to death inside the detention cell. Argoncillo’s family and neighbors said he was watching videos on his phone in front of a store near their house in Novaliches, Quezon City when policemen arrested him for not wearing a shirt. Neighbors said police had asked Argoncillo to hold empty bottles of beer and photographed him which was used as an evidence.”