MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police have confirmed that they will follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to arrest anyone who uses electronic cigarettes, or “vape,” in public places.
“PNP OIC Police Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa has ordered, effective today, all police units to enforce the ban on vape use,” the PNP said in a GMA news report.
It will make sure that all violations will be investigated and reported to the police blotter.
In a PSN interview, PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said that police will arrest only those who used it in public.
According to Banac, if a place has a local ordinance regarding vape, additional violations and penalties will be imposed.
When asked what law was the basis of the nationwide arrest order, the PNP spokesman said: “Partly [Executive Order 26], and another EO to be issued for vape banning.”
No one will be imprisoned, violators will only be reported in a police blotter and confiscate their items.
It is possible that disciplinary sanctions could also be imposed on PNP personnel who may violate the directive.
However, The PNP has ensured that the confiscated items will be properly disposed.
According to the police, this executive order will liaise with local governments, agencies and vape store owners to strengthen the enforcement of the ban. (Gelica Paulo/IAMIGO/CNS)