Sotto on keeping face shield rule: ‘Now I know why handling of pandemic’s not good!’

Senate President Vicente Tito Sotto III during an INQside Look interview.

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday blasted the continued mandatory use of face shields as recommended by health experts to President Rodrigo Duterte, saying that the move reflected the government’s pandemic response.

“So called health experts daw say[s] face shields will remain, everywhere! Now I know why the [h]andling of the pandemic is not good!” Sotto said in a tweet Monday night.

Sotto issued that reaction after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that Duterte had declared as still mandatory the use of face shields indoors and outdoors following the “advice of health experts and in view of the Delta variant.”

Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases made the recommendation or “appeal” to Duterte to still require the wearing of face shields indoors.

The IATF made the recommendation after Sotto said that Duterte agreed that face shields should be worn only inside hospitals, a source in Malacañang had confirmed.

In a Senate hearing early last week, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told senators that the use of face shields coupled with face masks and social distancing would provide “greater than 95 percent protection” against the deadly virus, citing various scientific studies.