The National Capital Region Police Office reported over the weekend that more than 800,000 persons had been arrested in Metro Manila since June last year for violating various ordinances city ordinances.
According to the report, a total of 809,885 violators were arrested from June 13, 2018 to March 10 this year, with smoking ban violators topping the list.
Authorities rounded up a total of 191,917 violators of the smoking ban during the period, accounting for 23.7 percent of the total number of arrests.
Making up the next biggest number of violators were minors violating curfew hours at 48,763 arrests, or 6.02 percent of the total number of apprehensions in Metro Manila.
Police also arrested 42,740 persons, or 5.28 percent of the total number of arrests, for going to public places “half-naked,” or without shirts on.
People drinking in public places were also arrested during the period, accounting for 4.68 percent of the total number of arrests with 37,980.
The remainder – 488,575 people or 60.33 percent of the total number of arrests – violated other city and municipal ordinances in the NCR.
The Quezon City Police District logged the highest number of arrests with 473,352, followed by Eastern Police District with 153,594 arrests, Northern Police District with 73,156 arrests, Manila Police District with 62,607 arrests, and Southern Police District with 47,176 arrests.
NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said most of the ordinance violators were immediately released after paying a fine, or due to humanitarian considerations.
Of the total arrested individuals, 164,226 were fined and 526,769 were charged.
The implementation of city and municipal ordinances is part of the NCRPO’s peace and order strategy.