Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to go after vandals who will disregard the law and deface government properties.
In a statement, Año said the recent arrest of four members of Panday Sining was “just and lawful.”
“Nagsusumikap ang gobyerno na magkaroon ng kaayusan at kalinisan pero binababoy nila. They have been repeatedly warned and now they will face the consequences of their actions,” he said.
“Imbes na tumigil, tuloy pa rin sila sa pagsasalaula nila sa kapaligiran. Hindi na sila nakikinig sa awtoridad. Sobra na. Tama na. Tama lang na maturuan sila ng leksyon para magtanda.”
In response, PNP spokesman Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said the police would intensify its operations against vandals following the DILG’s directive.
“Let this be a stern warning to all vandals that their illegal acts will never be tolerated,” Banac said.
Año said the government respects the freedom of expression of individuals and groups, but this freedom is still bounded by rules and regulations.
“Huwag ninyo namang gawing malaking drawing board o canvas ang Metro Manila. Maraming paraan para ipahayag ang inyong saloobin at hindi kasama doon ang walang habas ninyong pagpipinta sa mga pader ng Maynila,” he said.
Operatives from the Manila Police District had arrested four Panday Sining members who were supposedly caught painting on the walls of LRT Line 2 during protest actions on November 30, Bonifacio Day.
For his part, DILG spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya authorities were not the only ones dismayed by the action of the Panday Sining members.
“Even the people are fed up with your antics. Mag-isip-isip na kayo at magbago na habang bata pa kayo,” Malaya said.
“Disiplina muna bago po tayo magreklamo at magprotesta.”
Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno had earlier expressed frustration after seeing Panday Sining’s vandalism on the walls of the Lagusnilad Underpass. —KBK, GMA News