DILG to curb abuses in enforcement of mask rule
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government said it would be working with the Philippine National Police and local government units to prevent any abuses in the enforcement of President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to arrest people wearing face masks improperly.
DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya acknowledged that abuses may happen while police officers enforce the President’s order.
“That’s why we need to make the necessary coordination with the Philippine National Police and local government units so that we can safely efficiently implement the directive of the President and make the necessary guidelines so this will not also be abused by the police authority,” Malaya said over ANC’s “Headstart.”
He said the DILG plans to sit down with the PNP hopefully this Thursday and then coordinate with LGUs whose penalties vary according to whether people wear their masks properly or not.
“I think the President was serious so we will have to sit down with the Philippine National Police hopefully today to determine the parameters of the national directive,” said Malaya.
“We might have to talk to the LGUs, and of course the Philippine National Police, about the presidential directive, and we will have to reconcile, as I said, the presidential directive and the ordinances passed by the local government units,” he later added.
Duterte on Wednesday night ordered the police to arrest people who are not wearing their masks properly, amid the recent surges of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.