TWO Russian nationals early morning Saturday were arrested and detained by the Makati City Police for disrespecting officers who tried to accost one of them for not wearing a face mask in public, a report from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said.
Konstantin Pilyushin and Alexey Barmin were taken to the Makati City Police Station 2 around 1:40 a.m. on charges of alarm and scandal, disobedience to a person in authority, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, and violation of Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) protocol (mandatory wearing of face masks), said NCRPO Director Major General Felipe R. Natividad.
Citing information from Southern Police District (SPD) Director Brig. Gen. Jimili L. Macaraeg, the official said that motorcycle-riding members of the Makati Police were conducting patrol when they spotted Pilyushin not wearing a face mask along Don Pedro Street corner Kalayaan Avenue in Bgy. Poblacion.
When accosted and told to wear his face mask, Pilyushin became unruly and showed full disrespect to the officers who were prompted to bring him to their station for investigation.
Shortly after, Barmin arrived at the same station and uttered unsavory words on the policemen for arresting his friend triggering his arrest.
The NCRPO said the incident should serve as a warning to all foreigners in the country that they must follow Philippine laws and other rules and regulations including those imposed by the IATF to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.