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MANILA, Philippines – To prevent possible abuses by police officers in the enforcement of an order by President Rodrigo Duterte to arrest people who are not wearing face masks properly, the

(FILE) HPG / DECEMBER 16, 2020. A member of the Highway Patrol group asks a commuter to properly wear the face shield before boarding the carousel bus at EDSA-Taft in Pasay City. The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has required the public to wear both face shields and face masks at all times outside of their residences to stem the further spread of COVID-19. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES
MANILA, Philippines – To prevent possible abuses by police officers in the enforcement of an order by President Rodrigo Duterte to arrest people who are not wearing face masks properly, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Thursday it will be coordinating with the  Philippine National Police and various local government units (LGUs).
DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya acknowledged that abuses by police officers may happen as they enforce the President’s order.
“That’s why we need to make the necessary coordination with the Philippine National Police and local government units so that we can safely efficiently implement the directive of the President and make the necessary guidelines so this will not also be abused by the police authority,” Malaya said  over ANC’s “Headstart.”
He said the DILG plans to sit down with the PNP hopefully this Thursday and then coordinate with LGUs given that they have different penalties set for people who wear their masks improperly.
I think the President was serious so we will have to sit down with the Philippine National Police hopefully today to determine the parameters of the national directive, said Malaya.
We might have to talk to the LGUs, and of course the Philippine National Police, about the presidential directive, and we will have to reconcile, as I said, the presidential directive and the ordinances passed by the local government units,” he later added.
Duterte on Wednesday night ordered the police to arrest people who are not wearing their masks properly, amid the recent surges of COVID-19 cases in the country.
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