MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippine cops are distributing paper masks of horror characters as well as of Presidents Barack Obama Rodrigo Duterte to remind the public of safety tips for the upcoming Halloween season.
The Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Community Relations Groups (PCRG) has started handing out horror-themed masks with safety tips printed at the back in different establishments and train stations in Metro Manila.
PCRG Director Senior Supt. Gilbert Cruz explained that the inclusion of Obama in the police’s Halloween masks was not intended to shame the American president even after Duterte’s recent announcement of severing ties with America. In fact, Cruz said they decided to use Obama masks “in a good way” as it would pique the public’s curiosity.
But the good intention of the PCRG didn’t sit well with many Filipinos and Americans residing in the Philippines. They criticized the masks, albeit for strange reasons.
The critics said neither of the masks looked like Duterte nor Obama. Rather, they said that the Duterte mask looked like Dallas Mavericks NBA team owner Mark Cuban, while the Obama mask looked like the late comedienne Joan Rivers.
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