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Howie Severino Apprehended for Not Wearing Face Mask While Drinking Water

Spot.ph logo Spot.ph 7/8/2020 Christa I. De La Cruz
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(SPOT.ph) Wearing face masks, especially when out and about in public, is one of the safety guidelines that have been implemented nationwide in an affort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The coronavirus pathogen is believed to be carried through respiratory droplets, and masks are supposed to stop the disease from spreading. Quezon City, in fact, implemented the mandatory wearing of face masks during the enhanced community quarantine, and later general community quarantine. And on the morning of July 8, barangay and police officers in the city apprehended journalist Howie Severino for allegedly pulling down his mask to take a sip of water while biking.

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This incident was reported by photojournalist Luis Liwanag while he and other fellow bikers-slash-journalists were cycling around the city on their bamboo-made bicycles. Severino has always been a huge advocate of bike-riding and bike-friendly infrastructure in the Metro.

a group of people riding on the back of a bicycle: Severino and his friends were biking around in Quezon City on their Bambikes. PHOTO BY Jilson Tiu © Provided by Spot.ph Severino and his friends were biking around in Quezon City on their Bambikes. PHOTO BY Jilson Tiu a person with a bicycle in front of a building: When the group stopped for some rest, Severino pulled down his mask to wipe his face and have a sip of water. PHOTO BY Courtesy of Jilson Tiu © Provided by Spot.ph When the group stopped for some rest, Severino pulled down his mask to wipe his face and have a sip of water. PHOTO BY Courtesy of Jilson Tiu a blue boat sitting on top of a car: Barangay officers in Quezon City apprehended him. PHOTO BY Jilson Tiu © Provided by Spot.ph Barangay officers in Quezon City apprehended him. PHOTO BY Jilson Tiu

"Howie Severino, who momentarily pulled down his mask for a drink, is apprehended by barangay officers and police and was brought to the Amoranto Stadium for a short seminar on proper use of face masks in public. About hundreds of persons including women and the elderly were brought in," Liwanag said in a Facebook post at 9:29 a.m.

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Severino in April tested positive for COVID-19, an ordeal he narrated in a video documentary made with the help of a nurse through a phone camera. Ako si Patient 2828, an episode in the long-running documentary series I-Witness, was aired on GMA on April 18.

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