The Philippine president has said he has no problem with being held responsible for the many killings under his anti-drugs crackdown, adding that he was ready to face charges that could land him in jail, though not charges of crimes against humanity.
Education officials and concerned group of parents noted that the law restored the GMRC as a mandatory school subject seven years after it was removed from the basic curriculum with the introduction of K-to-12 programme in 2013.
Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, the head of the PNP Joint Task Force COVID Shield, said he already instructed all his police commanders and their men to conduct what would amount to an online patrol to find such violators.
Duterte gave the order to Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero in televised remarks from a Cabinet meeting on the coronavirus pandemic Monday night.
Authorities have apprehended, warned and penalised around 700,000 people since March for violating measures such as ignoring physical distancing and not wearing masks, police data shows.
Duterte issued the directive after a meeting with his Covid-19 task force — where everyone except him can be seen wearing the mandatory face covering — an official video released late Wednesday showed.
Duterte, who is known for his public outbursts and brash rhetoric, said in televised remarks on Monday night that he has become exasperated with people who refuse to get immunised then help spread the coronavirus.
President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that he himself was also "affected" by the tough rules being imposed for people to stay at home and observe social distancing to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano cleared actresses Liza Soberano and Angel Locsin as well as Miss Universe 2018 Catriona grey of their involvement in the NPA if Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade could not produce evidence against them.
In particular, Guevarra said his wide-ranging investigation would spare no one including top government officials whom Duterte has earlier expressed trust and confidence for their reported non-involvement in scandals and anomalies in the bureaucracy.