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WATCH: Cable thief made to do walk of shame in Tanauan, Batangas


Another suspected thief in Tanauan, Batangas was made to do the walk of shame in the city's streets, GMA News' "24 Oras" reported on Tuesday.

The suspect allegedly tried to steal P3,000 worth of cable from a company at the First Philippine Industrial Park in the city.

After he was caught by the authorities, Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili ordered that he be made to walk the streets wearing a sign that said he was a thief and that he should not be emulated.

Halili previously did the same to a man who tried to steal dried fish at a marketplace.

Halili said his punishment was an effective method of punishment that trumped other forms of discipline in deterring criminals from repeating their offenses.

"Kapag ang bayan mo maraming magnanakaw, masisiraan ng loob, masisira ang pangalan ng buong bayan. So sabi ko, sa halip na ako ang mapahiya, hayaan mo na, siya ang mapahiya. Baka sakaling mapahiya siya, hindi na siya uulit," Halili said.



The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), however, believe otherwise.

"Siguro ang akala nila, it's not causing any person any harm. But the truth is, it's really pre-judging the case against this person," CHR Media Office OIC Banuar Falcon said.

DILG Regional Director for CALABARZON Rene Brion said Halili's actions were illegal but added that they will give Halili a chance to explain his actions.

"The DILG will never condone any acts of public humiliation of a suspected criminal. Unang-una 'yan ay labag sa ating mga batas," Brion said. -NB, GMA News
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