904 individuals arrested in 5 days for not wearing face masks
MANILA, Philippines — A total of 904 individuals nationwide were arrested in five days — from May 6 to May 10 — for not wearing face masks, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said in a pre-recorded briefing of President Rodrigo Duterte that aired Monday night.
Actually, a total of 18,862 people were caught not wearing a face mask, but only 904 were arrested — while 9,379 were given a warning, 8,027 were fined, 491 were made to perform community service, and 61 were subjected to inquest proceedings.
In a previous briefing last May 5, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered police to detain those not wearing their masks properly,
“We will continue implementing the order to arrest those who will not wear their face masks,” Año said in Filipino.
Meanwhile, a total of 5,473 individuals have been caught not following physical distancing and 280 were found conducting mass gatherings.
This figure does not include yet the mass gathering that took place at the Gubat sa Ciudad resort in Caloocan City where about 300 individuals had gathered despite the modified enhanced community quarantine imposed over Metro Manila.
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