President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not hesitate mowing down istambays or bums drinking on the street in squatter’s areas to discourage loitering in public.
“Mga squatters area, pagdaan ng mga bata diyan, mga babae, nag-iinuman kayo diyan, you do… Ngayon, balang-araw sabihin ko: ‘Sagasaan mo ‘yang mga yawa na ‘yan’,” said Duterte.
“I will not hesitate really to use what I would like to happen. I said I do not like to see it, it is not good for the people. I will use the kind of language I want,” he added.
In a speech, Duterte said that he wanted to replicate what he has been able to enforce in Davao, no loitering and curfew, which was continued by his daughter
“That’s one o’clock, we cannot be partying the whole night.Si Inday binabaan niya alas-dose na (curfew). So walang tambay, wala lahat. Gusto ng taga-Davao ‘yang ganyan. I don’t think that the Davaoeños would relish any other kind of environment na nakikita nila sa Davao,” said Duterte.
“Wala, wala ka talagang makita. Walang tambay, wala lahat. Kung meron man convenience store. Walang nag-iinom sa labas,” he added.