- President Rodrigo Duterte commanded that those who do not wear face mask will be arrested
- His statement points out that the moment that a person steps out of his house, he must wear a face covering and that includes even if he is inside his car
- The PNP Spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said that even if a person is simply driving his car, and he is not wearing a face mask he will be either issued a ticket or arrested
- As per Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, those who will not wear face masks will be imprisoned for 10 to 30 days and those who do not follow physical distancing will also be imprisoned for 10 to 30 days
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The government has already made initial statements with regards to the penalties or sanctions involved if people will be caught not wearing face masks.
"Magkakaroon na kami ng uniform implementation kung papaano ipapatupad 'yung health standards... number of days in prison kapag nag-violate ka ng hindi pagsuot ng mask. We suggest 10 to 30 days, physical distancing also 10 to 30 days imprisonment," according to Interior Secretary Año as per GMA's report.
He also said that the fine is between P1,000 to P5,000.
As for drivers, General Bernard Banac also has a statement.
"Kapag kita po na talagang hindi gumagamit [ng face mask] considered po 'yon na lumabas na siya ng kaniyang pamamahay. Sisitahin po 'yon [ng mga awtoridad]. Titiketan po 'yon o aarestuhin," he said on GMA News "Unang Hirit."
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Aside from the wearing of face masks, another policy that the PNP seeks to impose is physical or social distancing. Previously, another official of the PNP, NCRPO Chief Gen. Debold Sinas became controversial when he had his birthday celebration, which he referred to as "mañanita" during the ECQ. More than 40 people gathered in one place at the time, which was supposedly prohibited.
President Rodrigo Duterte defended Sinas and company and stated that they will remain in their positions. Sinas even stated that there was nothing wrong with the celebration.
Gen. Debold Sinas is currently the NCRPO Chief. He continues to make headlines such as the most present issue confronting him regarding a Taguig family.
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