Taguig police chief says face mask violators given tickets, held for 8 hours

Published May 11, 2021, 12:04 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The chief of the Taguig City Police Station said face mask ordinance violators in the city are meted out fines, held for up to eight hours, but not charged in court.

A Taguig policeman gives food packs in Tuktukan, Taguig and reminds people to wear face masks and face shields (Taguig Scadb / MANILA BULLETIN)

Col. Celso Rodriguez said the police are implementing Taguig’s ordinance on the mandatory wearing of face masks.

City Ordinance No. 24, passed and signed in July, 2020, mandates that “every person who goes out in public spaces for any purpose including travel to work, purchase of basic necessities, going out to exercise, attend to medical or emergency reasons, or as part of one’s work is required to use a face mask at all times. The face mask should be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth, at all times.”

Rodriguez said the Taguig police have holding areas in each sub-station for face mask violators. They are only given citation tickets and released within eight hours.

Under the ordinance, anyone caught not wearing a face mask will be fined P1,000 or render community service for four hours.

“All apprehended violators shall be turned over at all processing and holding centers to be identified by the Safe City Task Force for this purpose. If after 72 hours from receipt of citation ticket, the violator fails to appear or refuses to pay the corresponding administrative fine, the City Mayor through the Safe City Task Force shall direct the Legal Officer to initiate within twenty-four (24) hours prosecution proceeding against the violator before any court of competent,” according to the ordinance.

It mandates that any person convicted for violation of the ordinance will be fined up to P5,000 or imprisoned up to six months, or both, depending on the decision of the court. If the violator is a government employee, an administrative case may be filed.

The police, Public Order and Safety Office, Traffic Management Office, barangay councils, and frontliners are tasked to implement the ordinance.