Old Man Wears ‘Face Mask’ Made from Banana Leaves, Receives Mask from Police

As the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to rampage across the world, governments are telling their citizens to wear face masks, practice social distancing, and make sure to keep their hands clean at all times using alcohol or by washing with soap and water.

What’s really sad, however, is that not all people can afford to buy masks, something that many would consider as ‘cheap’. For many poor people, face masks are simply an added burden yet they can’t also go out of their homes without one because if they get caught by the police, they will have to pay a heavy fine!

Photo credit: Cauayan City Police Station / Facebook

But not all policemen strictly enforce the law, especially when they know that the people making the violations don’t really have a choice. One of these kind cops, Police Staff Sergeant Mark Ramirez, spotted an old man wearing a ‘face mask’ made of banana leaves while they were manning a checkpoint in Cauayan City, Isabela on Saturday morning.

Photo credit: Cauayan City Police Station / Facebook

Habang nagsasagawa ng checkpoint ang kapulisan ng Cauayan City Police Station sa pangunguna ni PSSg Mark Anthony Ramirez ay napansin nila ang isang residente ng Brgy Alinam na nakasuot ng faceshield na gamit ang dahon ng saging agad nila itong kinausap at tinanong kung bakit dahon ng saging ang gamit nitong faceshield at ang tugon nito ay wala daw syang pambili,” the Cauayan City Police Station wrote in a post.

Photo credit: Cauayan City Police Station / Facebook

Understanding that this old man did not use his makeshift face mask to mock the cops or the government but just did not have a choice because he can’t afford one, the policeman did not give him a ticket for a fine. Instead, they gave him a real face mask!

Dahil sa likas na kabutihang loob ng kapulisan ng lungsod ng Cauayan, kaya agad na inabutan ni PSsg Ramirez ang nasabing indibidwal ng facemask upang may magamit ito,” the police station’s Facebook account added.

Photo credit: Cauayan City Police Station / Facebook

Kudos to this policeman! God bless din po, Tatay…