MANILA, Philippines — Journalist Howie Severino was apprehended by government authorities in Quezon City for “improper wearing of mask” but was freed after his reason was justified: He has to drink water, an official of the city’s Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) said Wednesday.
In a phone interview with reporters, DPOS General Elmo San Diego said his men were conducting a “one-time big-time” operation to apprehend quarantine violators on Mother Ignacia when they saw Severino pull down his mask.
“Nakita si Howie nakababa yung maskara. Ang amin kasi improper wearing of mask is tantamount to no mask din yun,” San Diego said.
(Howie’s mask was pulled dow…