Duterte says face shields for hospital use only — Sotto

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Screenshot from RTVM)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed that face shields should only be worn inside hospitals.

This was according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who was in a meeting with the President in Malacañang Wednesday night.


“Last night, the President agreed that face shields should only be used in hospitals. Allowed us to remove ours! [Attention] DOH (Department of Health)!,” Sotto said in a tweet Thursday morning.

Asked if the President said he would direct the government’s pandemic task force to adjust the protocols on face shields, Sotto told INQUIRER.net: “Something like that.”

“I remember him (Duterte) saying he will tell DOH,” he added.

During a Senate Committee of the Whole hearing on Tuesday, Sotto asked government officials present if they have considered “discontinuing” the use of face shields, noting that the Philippines is the only country in the world requiring its use.


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