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DILG Says Duterte’s Arrest Order Against Violator Could Rapidly Fill Jails

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) claimed that jails could be filled quickly due to President Rodrigo Duterte’s arrest order.

According to DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, the jails could be overcrowded as a result of increased arrests of those who violate the government’s health protocols. This is in accordance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to Philippine National Police (PNP) staff issued on Wednesday.

Duterte’s Arrest Order

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Duterte ordered the police to arrest and investigate those caught not wearing or properly wearing face masks in public places. According to Malaya, they would also need to prepare the jails because he believes that there will be more people imprisoned now than before.

He said that they would establish guidance with the support of local government units (LGUs) and the PNP to ensure that the President’s order is implemented safely and efficiently, and that it will not be abused. According to him, the DILG would coordinate the ordinances passed by the local governments in accordance with Duterte’s order.

They will also notify the PNP about the criteria and how they can be combined with previous LGU ordinances. Malaya explained that the fines levied by each municipal council for violating the ordinances prohibiting the wearing of a facemask in public places vary at the moment.

Ordinance violators are convicted, he said, and if they flee and disobey the police, they will be arrested as well. However, he stated that, as a result of the President’s order, they would need to perform recalibration and related preparations.

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