John Arcilla to wear mask despite voluntary mask protocol: ‘Hindi kalayaan ang itaya ang sarili sa peligro’
John Arcilla stressed that whether it is mandatory or voluntary, he will keep wearing face mask for his safety and that of those who are vulnerable to the virus.
The veteran actor spoke about his decision despite a government directive allowing the voluntary wearing of face masks outdoors, on his Instagram page today, Sept. 15.
“May regulasyon man o wala ay pipiliin kong siguraduhin na ligtas ang aking sarili sa virus at isaalang-alang ang kalusugan ng iba lalo na ang mga matatanda at pamilyang uuwian ko,” he said. “Isusuot ko ang face mask sa labas man o loob ng gusali, maliban sa sarili kong tahanan, para pangalagaan ang lahat.”
(Whether there is a regulation or none, I choose to make sure I am safe from the virus and consider the health of others, especially the elderly and the family I go home to. I will wear my face mask in and outside of an establishment, except in my own house, for the safety of all.)
Arcilla then stressed that removing masks while in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic poses a higher risk of spreading the virus.
“Mas higit na ayaw kong magdusa sa pagkakasakit o bawian ng buhay ang mga mahal ko maging ang aking sarili, kaysa magbakasakali at hubarin ang face mask na pananggalang ko sa kahit anumang uri ng virus o sakit na maaari kong masagap at maikalat sa mga tao na uuwi rin sa kani-kanilang pamilya,” he said.
(I prefer more that my family and even I not suffer from illnesses or die, than to risk and remove the face mask I use to shield myself from viruses and diseases, which I may get and spread to others who will also come home to their families.)
“Hindi kalayaan ang itaya ang sarili sa peligro,” Arcilla added. (It is not freedom to expose yourself to danger.)
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President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. earlier signed an executive order allowing the voluntary wearing of face masks in outdoor settings, effective last Monday.
Meanwhile, actor Romnick Sarmenta also recently urged the public to continue wearing face masks for the “elderly and those with weaker resistance.” /ra
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