Duterte to ban caps, shades inside city establishments-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he is drafting an executive order that will ban the wearing of caps and sunglasses with dark lenses upon entering any establishment in the city.
"I do not want people entering buildings with caps and shades that are really dark. Those are for outside environment. If you enter buildings, you will be asked to remove your cap, hat, shades or everything. And if you do not want to do it, you will be denied entry," Duterte told reporters in a hastily-called press conference at the Royal Mandaya Hotel Thursday afternoon.
He said authorities will be "strict" in the aim to "protect public interest, public security and public order and to save lives, prevent destruction of properties."
"I'm signing shortly the executive order," he said, adding that he will direct City Administrator Melchor Quitain to immediately craft it.
The mayor's directive came after watching the closed circuit television footages taken at SM City Davao and Gaisano Mall before the explosions Monday night.
The man they suspect as the bomber was wearing a light-colored jacket, a cap, with a sling bag around his waist.
He entered and left SM City cinema from 6:40 p.m. to 7:28 p.m. He was again seen at the ticket booth of Gaisano Mall 51 minutes later.
"Wag ninyong papasukin, pag magalit, sipain ninyo. That is my order. So walang pa hero-hero dito sa lugar namin. We are doing this not because we are desperate but to come up with good measures, kung ayaw ninyo magpa-search, tawagan ninyo ako at sisipain kita ulit sa publiko," a seemingly-irate Duterte said.
He added: "We can be nasty without violating human rights."
Duterte said even women are not exempted with the directive.
"All will be subjected to a search by the police," he said.
The police, on the other hand, should also be courteous upon requesting a person to remove his/her cap or shades.
He said it is applied not only in movie houses but also in hotels, restaurants, among others. (Arianne Caryl N. Casas/Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 20, 2013.