18,862 Filipinos apprehended for improper masks since 5 May



Philippines Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano in a radio interview on Tuesday told Filipinos that 18,862 Pinoys had been apprehended  by the Philippines National Police for not properly wearing their masks.

“We all know that the vaccines come in trickles. So we have to get the public to follow minimum public health standards before there’s another surge,” Ano said during the broadcast.

“Our only means of fighting COVID-19 while we still lack vaccines is observing minimum health standards, especially wearing face masks.”

On 5 May Philippines National  Police by presidential decree have been instructed to arrest any person violating curfew and not wearing a mask according to a statement issued by the Philippines Presidential Palace.

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President Duterte told police to “get tough on rule breakers” and arrest those not wearing a mask properly, especially those who leave their nose exposed.

“My orders to the police are those who are not wearing their masks properly, arrest them and detain them, investigate why they are doing it,” Duterte said.

“It’s not for me, it’s not for us. It’s for the interest of the country so you won’t infect and you won’t be infected.”

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said this arrest process allowed police to detain perpetrators for 12 hours.

 

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On 5 May Philippines National  Police by presidential decree have been instructed to arrest any person violating curfew and not wearing a mask according to a statement issued by the Philippines Presidential Palace. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said this arrest process allowed police to detain perpetrators for 12 hours.


Examples of approved masks and face shields that protect the wearer as well as others.


Wear a mask. Photo Credit: Melissa Hemingway /FPMag Nurses say “You are not hurting us by wearing your masks.  Wear N95 masks only. SARS2 is also a respiratory disease.  Photo: TheNursesWithoutBorders.org (Manila)Photo Credit: Melissa Hemingway /FPMag  Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

Wear a face shield. This type is best because it blocks a throughput of air from top to bottom.

Wearing a mask and a face shield to go shopping helps protect your mask and enables greater reusability of the mask. The shield must be closed with a seal at the forehead to prevent it from becoming a wind tunnel that channels virus-laden air to the eyes or nose. It is also legally required in the Philippines. Wear a mask. Photo Credit: Melissa Hemingway /FPMag  Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

Wear a mask. Photo Credit: Melissa Hemingway /FPMag

Wear a mask. Photo Credit: Melissa Hemingway /FPMag  Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

Wear a mask. Photo Credit: Melissa Hemingway /FPMag

Wear a mask. Photo Credit: Melissa Hemingway /FPMag  Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag