CEBU CITY – Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced that there will be no fine to pay for individuals caught without face masks in the province of Cebu’s 44 towns and six component cities.
Garcia intends to issue a memorandum to all mayors in the province, abolishing fines or other charges on individuals not wearing a facemask in public areas.
The announcement was aired in a video released by Sugbo News and an information page on Facebook.
She also plans to issue a memorandum asking all mayors to simply warn and remind violators to follow public health measures.
Police were subsequently instructed to only reprimand any violators.
The decision was made in order to avoid a repeat of the incident in Cavite wherein a teenager died after being forced to do 300 push-ups for violating curfew.
“Police personnel under your jurisdiction, manhandling or mistreating any person caught not wearing a mask can be reminded to wear a mask. Admonish to wear a mask but never should they be mistreated,” the Cebu governor said.
In response to the directive of Gov. Garcia, Police Col. Engelbert Soriano, newly installed chief of the Cebu Provincial Police Office, gave assurances that the police will not use excessive force when dealing with quarantine violators.