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More than 500,000 arrested in Metro Manila, smoking violators top the list

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Manila, Philippines – More than 500, 000 violators of various ordinances in Metro Manila have been apprehended after authorities intensified their watch since June this year, in which almost 30 percent of them were due to smoking violations.

This statement came from National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Guillermo Eleazar on Sunday.

Almost 30 percent are smokers

Based on the NCRPO records, there were a total of 543,999 violators nabbed from June 13 to 5 to Dec. 2, 2018, with violators of the smoking ban stubbornly topping the list.

The NCRPO came up with the total of 148, 598 violators of the smoking ban during the almost six month’s period, which is 27.32 percent of all the arrests.

Meanwhile, minors violating curfew hours had the next biggest number, although with a much lower number of 33,590, or equivalent to 6.17 percent of all those arrested all over Metro Manila in the past nearly six months.

Violators for not wearing shirts in public totaled 33, 307 in all, or 6.12 percent of the arrests.

While those apprehended for drinking in public places came next in the list, with 25,508 rounded up numbers, accounting for 4.59 percent of the total number of violators from the overall.

The remaining 302,996 number of people, or 55.07 percent of the total arrests, were nabbed due to other violations.

Many were apprehended in QC

Based on records, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) still had the biggest number of arrests which totaled to 318,676 violators –5 8.58 percent or more than half of all those arrested all over Metro Manila.*

Next to QCPD is the Eastern Police District with 112,360 persons (20.65 percent) arrested, followed by the Manila Police District with a total of 45,932 (8.44 percent), then the Southern Police District with 34,054 (6.26 percent), and the Northern Police District with 32,977 (6.06 percent).

Eleazar noted that most of the violators were immediately released after paying the fines or sometimes, due to humanitarian considerations.

NCRPO data showed that 107,628 of the arrested violators have been fined, while 74,332 were charged and seven violators still under the police custody at SPD.

Strict implementation of city ordinances amid criticisms from different rights group was ordered by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in June to improve peace and order in public places.

The smoking ban nationwide took effect in July, prohibits smoking in the streets, restaurants, and on public transportation. However, smokers are allowed in designated smoking areas.

Smokers are forced to stay close together in designated areas / photo from Manila Bulletin

Source: Politiko