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loiter

v. to linger or hang around in a public place or business where one has no particular or legal purpose. In many states, cities, and towns there are statutes or ordinances against loitering by which the police can arrest someone who refuses to "move along." There is a question as to whether such laws are constitutional. However, there is often another criminal statute or ordinance which can be applied specifically to control aggressive begging, soliciting prostitution, drug dealing, blocking entries to stores, public drunkenness, or being a public nuisance.

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Trillanes wants the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs to look into the issue, even noting that the administration's campaign against loiterers had already resulted in the death of a detainee - Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo, 22.
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TESDA chief Guiling Mamondiong urged loiterers to visit any TESDA office and avail themselves of skills training.
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Meanwhile, the QCPD reported rounding up 175 loiterers for violating ordinances and other laws from 5 a.m.
No less than President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a crackdown on tambays until just recently he said he never told police to arrest loiterers.
Antonio Trillanes IV has called for an inquiry into the campaign of the administration against loiterers, which he said could be violating human rights, as well as the existing laws of the country.
Camp Garcia, Cavite/Camp Olivas, Pampanga -- The number of "tambay" or loiterers, troublemakers, and minors breaking curfew ordinances in Cavite has breached the 1,000 mark; while in Bulacan, majority of the 101 individuals rounded up were found to be teenagers, police said yesterday.
Amid criticisms, the Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to round up local ordinance violators and loiterers, arresting more than 20,000 in Metro Manila in more than two weeks.
President Rodrigo Duterte stirred yet another controversy when he ordered a crackdown against loiterers or "tambays," whom he described as "potential trouble for the public."
Vagrancy was decriminalized in 2012 although local governments can and have enacted ordinances against loiterers.