Ruffy Biazon points out legal lapses in Duterte’s vape ban


The police were too quick to make the arrests but couldn’t pause to check the letter of the law.

Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon didn’t need to be a lawmaker to realize the gaps in President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to apprehend people using their vapes and e-cigarettes in public. The Philippine National Police turned trigger happy and started doing some apprehensions the next day, just holding on to Duterte’s words.

“In an interview, PNP spox said they use EO 26 to implement vape ban, although the EO doesn’t mention vapes. He said the basis is the term ‘Smoke-Free’, so they consider vapes’ vapor cloud as smoke,” Biazon said. “But ISmoke Free in EO 26 is defined as ‘100% free from tobacco smoke’.”

Will someone step up and sue the police for this?