Veteran columnist Jojo Robles on Pangilinan: "Kiko loves tambays" - The Daily Sentry

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Veteran columnist Jojo Robles on Pangilinan: "Kiko loves tambays"



Jojo Robles (Photo credit to his Facebook account), Senator Kiko Pangilinan (Photo credit to ABS-CBN)
Veteran columnist and prominent political analyst, Jojo Robles, burned down one of the most controversial Liberal Party senator, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan over the latter's surprising come out in defense of the rights of the loiterers (tambay) and how the senator brought out a nine-point rundown of what a tambay ought to do to shield himself from policemen hailing him.

In his column on one of the top news media outfits and newspapers in the Philippines, Robles, expressed his dismay to the senator and said that he knows the political opposition will do everything to assault the present administration, but to take the side of the tambays over the general public's safety is just too much.

Image of website where article was posted (Photo credit to Manila Times)
Robles likewise, get a kick out of the chance to remind Pangilinan that it is the common, impose paying and law-abiding citizen that needs protection from the tambays and suggest that if the leader of the Liberal Party truly wants to help, he should simply urge individuals not to loiter, regardless of whether they aren't doing anything illicit that could prompt their arrest.




The veteran columnist then shared the list that Senator Pangilinan allegedly posted on Twitter that the latter presumably hopes will be memorized and discussed by tambays everywhere throughout the nation.
"For those who still haven’t seen it, here’s the list that Pangilinan posted on Twitter that he probably hopes will be memorized and discussed by tambays all over the country. When they aren’t too busy harassing the rest of us, of course.", Robles wrote.

Robles then posted the list which he assertedly translated from the original Filipino.

"(Translated from the original Filipino)"

"When about to be arrested for being a “tambay”:

1. Stay calm.

2. Ask for the name and unit of the arresting officer and the reason why you are being arrested.

3. Don’t argue, but explain your side.

4. When arrested, remain silent but ask to be allowed to call a relative or a lawyer.

5. Don’t sign anything.

6. Do not attempt to escape.

7. Be alert to the possibility that evidence may be “planted” on you.

8. Look for possible witnesses, whose testimony you may need later on.

9. If possible, take pictures or video."
, he wrote.

Screenshot of Senator Pangilinan's post (Photo credit to the senator's Twitter account)

Robles additionally pointed out that obviously, what Pangilinan didn't tell his dearest tambays was an important advice parents always give to their sons and daughters, and that is not to be a tambay to begin with.

"Of course, what Pangilinan didn’t tell his beloved tambays was a piece of advice our parents gave us growing up: Don’t be a tambay to begin with.", the columnist wrote.

Robles then ended his article by saying that those individuals who take the side of the tambays against the general population, need to have a mental check or maybe apply for state-subsidized care.

He further concludes that this actions and reactions of the oppositions is extremely about deviating President Duterte, an automatic response for unthinking politicians like Pangilinan.

"And those who take the side of the tambays against the people they routinely harass and oppress need to have their heads examined. Perhaps they can even apply for state-subsidized care under the new mental health law.", he exclaimed.
"But like I said in the beginning, this is really about taking the position opposed to Duterte’s, which a knee-jerk reaction for unthinking politicians like Pangilinan. Because no one who has ever encountered tambays on the street will ever take their side, on anything.", Robles ended.




Read full article below:

"Kiko loves ‘tambays’"

"I KNOW that the political opposition will do anything to attack the government. But taking up the cudgels for those ubiquitous, unproductive and often criminal “tambay” over the people these loiterers have for so long oppressed is just too much.

That said, I don’t know where Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan grew up. Perhaps in some tambay-free gated community, where no half-naked people drink liquor on the streets, cat-calling women and beating up, shaking down or robbing ordinary folk unfortunate enough to fail to avoid their impromptu sidewalk clubhouses?

But Pangilinan must have a very different idea of what tambays do and how they are really a menace to people like you and me who don’t live in the exclusive subdivisions favored by our senators. For some strange reason, Pangilinan has come out in defense of the rights of the tambay and has come up with a nine-point list of what a loiterer should do to protect himself from policemen accosting him.

Before I go into that, I’d like to remind Pangilinan that it is the ordinary, tax-paying and law-abiding citizen that needs protection from the tambays. And if the leader of the Liberal Party really wants to help, he should just encourage people not to loiter, even if they aren’t doing anything illegal that could lead to their arrest.

Because it’s true: Loitering itself is not a crime. It ceased to be so during the administration of the Great Tambay, Noynoy Aquino, who caused the repeal of the country’s laws against vagrancy that gave the authorities enough reason to accost people “hanging out” on our streets and sidewalks on a near-permanent basis even if a crime was not in the process of being committed.

(As an aside, I wonder what moved Aquino, a famously unproductive member of Congress before he became president, to repeal the laws against “bagansya,” (vagrancy) a phenomenon clearly beyond his experience as the rich-kid son of hacienderos who grew up in a pricey, tambay-free Quezon City neighborhood. Perhaps it’s also the same motivation for his sitting on the new mental health law for all the years he was in Malacañang – so as not to call attention to himself.)

But, as the Philippine National Police has already pointed out, there are national laws and local ordinances still in effect that prohibit certain actions that most tambays engage in that could cause their arrest – stuff like drinking liquor, being half-naked, cat-calling, violating curfew (for minors) and even, under the Duterte administration, smoking.

These illegal actions don’t even include all the other unsavory stuff that tambays ordinarily engage in, like extortion and robbery, dealing in and using illegal drugs, rape and homicide, among others. And if you don’t think that these things are going on where jobless but able-bodied people with too much time on their hands congregate, then you’re as hopelessly clueless as Kiko Pangilinan himself.

As for me, growing up in a tambay-rich neighborhood made me wonder why the police were never around to protect us from these crime-prone people when they have grown bored of doing nothing and start looking for some action – which is often. Now that the police have been directed to round up tambays who violate the law (as opposed to those just hanging around and doing nothing illegal, of course), we hear from people like Pangilinan, who apparently want the rights of lawbreakers protected.

Think about it. Who is Pangilinan really defending – you and me, who pay for his upkeep, or the tambays who terrorize us daily and merely provide him with political ammunition against President Rodrigo Duterte?

* * *

For those who still haven’t seen it, here’s the list that Pangilinan posted on Twitter that he probably hopes will be memorized and discussed by tambays all over the country. When they aren’t too busy harassing the rest of us, of course.

(Translated from the original Filipino)
When about to be arrested for being a “tambay”:
1. Stay calm.

2. Ask for the name and unit of the arresting officer and the reason why you are being arrested.

3. Don’t argue, but explain your side.

4. When arrested, remain silent but ask to be allowed to call a relative or a lawyer.

5. Don’t sign anything.

6. Do not attempt to escape.

7. Be alert to the possibility that evidence may be “planted” on you.

8. Look for possible witnesses, whose testimony you may need later on.

9. If possible, take pictures or video.

Of course, what Pangilinan didn’t tell his beloved tambays was a piece of advice our parents gave us growing up: Don’t be a tambay to begin with.

There is no reason why adults who are healthy enough to work should be loitering anyway. They should be at home, when they’re not working or seeking work, if they are unemployed.

And those who take the side of the tambays against the people they routinely harass and oppress need to have their heads examined. Perhaps they can even apply for state-subsidized care under the new mental health law.

But like I said in the beginning, this is really about taking the position opposed to Duterte’s, which a knee-jerk reaction for unthinking politicians like Pangilinan. Because no one who has ever encountered tambays on the street will ever take their side, on anything.


SourceManila Times