Woman caught defying anti-barker ordinance

BY RUBY P. SILUBRICO

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ILOILO City – On Mabini Street, City Proper the police caught a woman barker.

The 37-year-old Rudilyn Dimaymay was a resident of Barangay Infante, Molo district. She was detained at Police Station 1.

According to Police Officer 3 Christy Val Dalde and Police Officer 1 Fritz Forester who arrested Dimaymay, the suspect violated Regulation Ordinance No. 2014-194.

The ordinance defines a barker as “an individual who calls for, facilitates, induces or convinces commuters to board a particular or preferred public utility vehicle such as jeepney, taxi, van and bus for the purpose of extracting an amount from the vehicle’s driver.”

The ordinance makes it unlawful for any person to loiter in public places, open parking spaces and designated loading and unloading areas, and intermittently perform and act as barker.

When caught and found guilty, a barker will face imprisonment of not less than three months but not more than six months.

Barkers may be apprehended through citizen or police arrest at any time.

In Dimaymay’s case, the police spotted her calling passengers to take a passenger jeepney plying the route of Villa-Iloilo City around 6 p.m. on Jan. 9./PN