PNP reminds SEA Games athletes of vaping ban in public places
Marje Pelayo • November 26, 2019 • 548
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has already launched over 3,000 operations since President Rodridgo Duterte announced a vaping ban in public places across the country.
A total of 243 individuals were arrested while at least 318 vape gadgets and 666 vape juices were confiscated since the operations started.
According to PNP Spokesman P/BGen. Bernard Banac, most violations were recorded in Central Visayas where a total of 195 vapers were apprehended.
Ten violators, meanwhile, were arrested in Metro Manila.
“So far wala namang nag resist doon sa ating pag apprehend sa kanila at everybody cooperated naman (So far no one resisted apprehension and everybody cooperated),” Banac said.
“Kasi alam nila ang kanilang ginagawa ay nagbubuga sila ng usok sa kapaligiran at hindi sa tamang lugar kaya peacefully ay sumunod naman sila sa kapulisan,” the official added.
(They are aware that they are emitting harmful smoke to the environment instead of limiting it within designated areas only. So vapers peacefully yielded to authorities.)
Banac said the violators were later on released after blotter reports were filed.
He also warned athletes joining the South East Asian (SEA) Games of the existing regulations against the use of vapes.
“Ang lahat na mahuhuli ng pulis na manlalaro ay dadalhin din sa presinto so sila po ay maaabala at maaaring maantala ang kanilang participation sa SEA Games (All athletes who will be arrested by police will be confined in precincts which may delay their participation the SEA Games),” Banac noted.
The PNP advise owners of vape stores to remind their clients not to use the gadget in public places to help in the enforcement of the President’s directive. – MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has belied reports that they will be searching for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive patients as if they are running after fugitives.
In a phone interview, PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac clarified that they are not the ones heading the house-to-house search for individuals infected with the virus but the barangay or city health workers.
Banac added that their role in the contact tracing is to provide escort to the infected individuals who will be advised to go to COVID-19 facilities.
“Mangunguna pa rin talaga ang mga local health workers natin at ang pagbabasehan n’yan ay of course ‘yung mga listahan nila ng mga positive cases, so sila talaga ang nakakaalam n’yan,” Banac said.
Banac, however, added that they will be conducting a thorough search of individuals who had direct contact with those who have tested positive for COVID-19 to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.
“Ang pinatutungkulan ni PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa ay yung pamamaraan ng contact tracing kung saan ito ay pinangunahan ni Mayor Benjie Magalong. ‘Yung sistema ng paghahanap ng mga possible na mga exposure sa Covid-19, hindi ito ‘yung tungkol doon sa pagsundo ng mga positive cases na,” he said.
Joint Task Force Coronavirus (JTF CV) Shield Commander PLtGen. Guillermo Eleazar also reiterated that the role of the police is just to provide escort to the barangay or city health workers in locating and picking up those who are positive for COVID-19.
“Ang role ng ating PNP ay para tumulong sa ating LGU through their health officers or workers kasi sila ang nakakaalam kung sino ‘yung mga pasyente na positive na para dalhin sa mga isolation facilities,” Eleazar said. — (with inputs from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang Philippine National Police (PNP) na huhulihin ang mga lumalabag sa mga lokal na ordinansa kasabay ng pagpapaigting ng anti-criminality campaign nito sa gitna ng coronavirus pandemic.
Sinabi ni PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa na bukod sa pagsawata sa krimen, babantayan rin nila ang mga sumusuway sa mga ordinansa ng bawat lungsod gaya ng curfew hours, pagbabawal sa paninigarilyo, at pag-iinuman sa labas ng bahay, at paglabas ng walang pang-itaas na damit.
Maging ang mga lumalabag sa minimum health protocols gaya ng hindi pagsusuot ng face mask at kawalan ng physical distancing ay huhulihin din.
“Yes we will apprehend and file appropriate case,” ani Gamboa.
Paliwanag ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya, layunin nito na mabawasan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease sa gitna na rin ng dumaraming bilang ng kaso nito sa bansa.
“This is a national concern na dapat tulong-tulong tayo. So, sana huwag na pasaway para wala na kami hulihin,” sabi ni Gamboa.
Umaasa ang PNP chief na paiiralin ng publiko ang disiplina at susundin ang mga ipinatutupad na batas at ordinansa sa bansa sa gitna ng kinakaharap na krisis sa kalusugan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
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