18,000 arrested for face mask violations—Ano

Authorities have so far apprehended a total of 18,862 people from May 6 to 10 for not wearing face masks properly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Monday.

In a televised meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, Año reported that of this number, 9,379 were given a warning, 8,027 were fined, 491 rendered community service, 904 were arrested, and 61 were subjected to inquest proceedings.

President Rodrigo Duterte last week ordered the arrest of people who are caught not properly wearing a face mask.

Año said he and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra are discussing guidelines on the implementation of rules on wearing face masks and the prohibition on mass gatherings.

Topics: Eduardo Año , Menardo Guevarra , Face masks , Rodrigo Duterte
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