Duterte orders arrest of people not wearing masks properly

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to arrest and investigate people who are not wearing face masks properly amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

“My orders to the police are those who are not wearing their masks properly in order to protect the public — kasi kung hindi, hindi mo madepensahan ‘yong publiko — to arrest them and detain them, investigate them why they are doing it (I have ordered the police to arrest, detain and investigate those who are not wearing their masks properly in order to protect the public because if we not do this, we cannot protect them),” Duterte said in his public address on Wednesday.

Duterte said if he does not impose stricter measures, nothing will happen as he lamented that some people are just wearing their face masks for compliance.

“Iyong iba ano lang for compliance lang. Naglalagay ng mask pero nakalabas ‘yong ilong (The others do it for compliance. They put on face mask but they do not cover their nose).”

“Pagka hindi ko ganunin, hindi ko kayo higpitan, walang mangyayari. Iyan nga ‘yong for compliance lang kayo (If I will not do, if I will not be strict, nothing will happen. You only do it for compliance).”

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