Joking that you are positive or falsely accusing anyone to be positive from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can get you fined in Valenzuela City.

This is after a city ordinance was passed and approved by the Valenzuela City council making COVID-19 as a joke or subject of amusement illegal.

City Ordinance 708 series of 2020 also makes it illegal to make COVID-19 jokes even in personal conversations, in print, or electronically including social media.

Offenders can be fined up to P5,000 for each infraction plus community service.  Minors caught violating the ordinance will be subjected to an ‘intervention program’ by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (Rommel F. Lopez)