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)
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