Is it possible to dream of a crime-free Philippines?
The PNP seems to think so, with Duterte's peace and order policies.
(SPOT.ph) Some of the peace and order policies Davao City is known for may soon be in place in the whole country, too.
The Philippine National Police is receptive to the policies presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte implemented in Davao City as its mayor there, according to a report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said Duterte's policies in Davao may be applied on a national scale to fight crime.
“If this happened in Davao City and the crime volume or rate went down there, why not all over the country? On the part of the PNP, if that will help curb crimes, it will help our campaign against crime,” he said.
Some of the policies Mayor cited were those related to curfew, smoking, and liquor. He also noted that everyone's help would be needed to ensure the smooth implementation of these policies should they push through.
“Once everybody is conscious of this policy, we will all follow. I think this is high time for us to show that we can follow this kind of policy. The bottom-line policy of our incoming president is discipline, and this can be taught down to our minors,” the PNP spokesperson said.
Duterte spokesperson Peter Laviña recently clarified Duterte's plans regarding the policies Mayor mentioned.
"The curfew is principally for minors, unescorted minors, past 10 p.m. It does not include minors with their parents or guardians. This is to make sure that our children are in their homes, sleeping already, preparing for the next day in school," Laviña said.
Meanwhile, he also clarified that the liquor ban in Davao City, which prohibits establishments from selling alcohol after 1 a.m., only applies to public places.
"The reason he has this liquor ban is because we have to work the next day. Nothing to do with denying us our freedoms. When you go home, you can drink to you heart's content in the privacy of your homes," he said.