The Pasay City Police assured on Monday, May 10, that all violators of the mandatory wearing of face masks will be treated “humanely” and “their rights will be strictly respected.”
In a statement, Pasay City Police Chief Col. Cesar Paday-os said that the local police, in coordination with the Pasay City government, will sustain its enforcement of the ordinance on the mandatory wearing of face masks in the barangays.
“Violators will be courteously invited to barangay halls or Police Community Precincts and shall be given a chance to explain and be provided with health kits,” he said.
This is in line with the instruction of newly-installed Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar to intensify the enforcement of health protocols, particularly on the wearing of face masks and face shields.
President Duterte had earlier warned that anyone caught not properly wearing their face mask in public may face arrest and detention for nine hours at the police station.
“We are appealing to the public to please cooperate and observe the Inter-Agency Task Force-approved minimum health standards at all times. We need the participation of everyone so we can effectively prevent community transmission,” Paday-os said.
“We are in this fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) together. Hence, everyone’s participation is vital,” he added.
The local police chief also urged the public to participate by reporting violations and abuses in their areas.
On Monday (May 10), 67 violators of COVID-19 health protocols were recorded. Two for social distancing, 23 for not wearing face masks, one for not wearing a face shield, and 41 for curfew violations.