Police warn vs indiscriminate firing of guns this Yuletide

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

OFFICIALS OF the Philippine National Police–Cordillera reminded policemen and private individuals not to use their guns as "fireworks" this Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Deputy Regional Director for Operations Senior Superintendent Ulysses Abellera said firing of firearms as noisemaker this season is not allowed. Private individuals and cops with licensed or unlicensed firearms caught firing indiscriminately will be punished, he warned.

This firm order of PNP is the agency's counterpart on the effort to minimize injuries caused by stray bullets this Yuletide.

In 2012, police arrested 18 trigger – happy individuals in the country for allegedly firing their guns during New Year's Eve. Police reported two persons were killed and at least 39 others were injured by stray bullets nationwide.

Despite the national situation, Abellera said there were no injuries caused by stray bullets and they have zero arrest on offenders in the region last year.

Meanwhile, the agency joined efforts with the Department of Health on the "Iwas Paputok" campaign which aims to zero – in cases of injuries caused by fireworks.

Police also reminded public not to sell or buy firecrackers, and toy guns because these are illegal. The team also reminded visitors not to bring with them firecrackers or imitations of firearms to the region.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 06, 2013.

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