Behave, IBP tells members after lawyer’s mask caper

August 18, 2020

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines yesterday called on lawyers to be “good examples of cooperation” and practice “proper compliance with rules meant to contain the spread of the COVID-19.” 

“We have reminded lawyers to observe precautionary measures and prescribed protocols.  Sometimes a lawyer fails, forgets, commits a mistake, or flaunts the improper,” IBP president Domingo Egon Cayosa said. 

Cayosa issued the statement when sought for comment on lawyer Larry Gadon’s improper use of face mask in public. The lawyer just taped the mask on his face shield.

Gadon said he does not believe that wearing face masks can prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, adding that the government only “overreacted” to the pandemic with “paranoia.”

“I don’t believe in mask outdoors, face shield is okay. Masks may be good for small enclosed places like elevators or small conference rooms,” Gadon said in a statement.

“In my case, the mask is only for show because stores will not allow entry if you don’t have mask,” he added.