Ten students were caught last week in Quirino after violating President Duterte’s nationwide smoking ban.
Chief Insp. Jovencio Calagui, chief of Diffun police, is concerned over the alarming statistics that most of the violators were students.
“Last week nakahuli kami ng 10 at pinatawag namin ang mga parent nila,” said Calagui. [Last week we caught 10 and summoned their parents]
The students were caught in the act right at a sari-sari store, according to the police.
The ordinance says that tobacco products should not be sold to minors.
Stores/businesses are also prohibited from selling tobacco products 100 meters from schools, and violators’ licenses could be revoked.
Under the public smoking ordinance of Diffun, there is a:
- Php500 fine or one month imprisonment for the 1st offense,
- Php1,000 fine or two months imprisonment for the 2nd offense, and
- Php3,000 fine or four months imprisonment for the 3rd and succeeding offenses.
Calagui said that even before the nationwide smoking ban took effect, smoking in public places was already strictly prohibited at Diffun. The people became more aware when the Executive Order No. 26 s. 2017 (nationwide smoking ban) was enacted, he added.