NCRPO Oplan: Disiplina drive likened to ‘broken window’ theory

CITING the ‘broken window theory’ which says that crime is the inevitable result of disorder, National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday said their Oplan: Disiplina specifically the strict enforcement of ordinances on curfew and drinking in public will be continuously enforced in Metro Manila.

In a report to Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official said a year after they enforced the campaign on orders of President Duterte, they have already apprehended more than 11.1 million violators of different city and municipal ordinances in the metropolis.

“This campaign is meant to enforce city and municipal ordinances that ban drinking in public places, smoking in public, gambling in public and being half-naked, the presence of minors outside their homes in curfew hours and others,” said Eleazar.

The official said from June 13, 2018 up to yesterday, more than 1,117,000 violators of different ordinances in the metropolis have been apprehended. He said that of the total number of violators, nearly 748,000 were given warnings; more than 210,000 were given fines while over 161,000 were charged in court.

In support of their campaign to enforce local ordinances, Eleazar cited the “Broken Window Theory”. He said that as the theory says, a broken window that is not attended to speaks badly of one’s home and neighborhood.

The Broken Window theory says that little unattended bad situations lead to bigger ugly situations that can lead ultimately to widespread chaos and disaster.

Following this theory, Eleazar justified the order of the President to implement local ordinances strictly.

“Tulad ng inuman sa kalsada ng mga magkakaibigan, pagka nagkayabangan at nagkapikunan, away tiyak ang kahihinatnan, at patayan pa minsan. Yung paglabag ng maliit na ordinansa ay natuloy sa malaking krimen na walang may gusto,” he said.

Of the more than 1.1 million violators apprehended, nearly 70,000 were minors who violated the curfew hours while some 52,000 adults were accosted for drinking in public places.

Eleazar said that they have effectively prevented the possibility that minors accosted for violating  curfew hours could have figured in deadly street troubles like rock-throwing, mugging and simple theft. On the other hand, the more than 52,000 adults apprehended for drinking in public places effectively prevented possible drunken brawls and other crimes.

More than a year after he ordered the implementation of the PNP Oplan: Displina, Gen. Albayalde saw to it that the police always ensure the protection of human rights as they enforce President Duterte’s order to go after the so-called ‘istambay sa kanto’ at night and in the wee hours of the morning.

“Alam naman po ng mga pulis natin na meron tayong sinusunod na Police Operational Procedures o yung aming POP. Palagi pong nandiyan ‘yan at ang respect for human rights ay palagi pong paramount ‘yan. Alam na alam po ng ating mga kapulisan yan,” Gen. Albayalde said.

The PNP chief also said that even before the presidential directive, they were already going after ‘tambays’ who are drinking liquor on the streets and roaming half-naked.

“Wala naman pong bago sa sinasabi ng ating Pangulo na hulihin dahil noong ako pa ang regional director ng NCRPO,  talagang hinuhuli na natin ‘yan. Kita niyo meron kaming Oplan RODY (Rid the Streets of Drunkards and Youths),” he explained as Malacañang also defended Duterte’s directive, saying it is a measure to keep the streets free from criminals.

Gen. Albayalde said that the President’s order was also for the sake of “tambays.”