Woman taking selfie may face charges after removing face mask, face shield inside MRT

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is seeking the help of the public in order to identify a female passenger who removed her face mask and face shield while taking a selfie inside the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT 3).

The agency is planning to file charges against the woman for violating COVID-19 public health and safety protocols.

Woman taking selfie may face charges MRT
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A video of the violator who was wearing denim jeans, white shirt, dark brown shawl, sunglasses, and white shoes was uploaded on social media by passenger Jonalyn Caadan. It made the rounds on social media and prompted the legal team of the DOTr to launch further investigation.

In the video, the woman sans face mask and face shield can be seen taking several selfies before being asked by Caadan to wear them again. However, the woman ignored Caadan and continued fixing her hair before putting her face mask and face shield back again.

Watch the video here.

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In a press statement on Saturday, March 20, MRT-3 officials wrote: “We deem the passenger’s action not only reckless and insensitive, but also posed a possible threat to the health of her fellow passengers. We condemn such wanton disregard on these health and safety measures.”

A probe on whether there was neglect on the part of the transport marshal on duty during the incident is also being conducted according to MRT-3 officials. Transport marshals are given the authority to order violating commuters to get off transport vehicles, terminals and stations.

In her interview with GMA News, Caadan clarified that although there was a transport marshal present at the time of the incident, the official was on the other side of the train.

In the same statement, MRT officials urged the public to help them enforce and maintain health protocols against COVID-19 inside public transport vehicles, terminals and stations by recording violations of fellow commuters and informing the transport marshals assigned.

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