Campaign vs illegal firecrackers’ sale continues

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

TWO people were arrested in an entrapment while an estimated P340,000 worth of firecracker and pyrotechnic products were seized in the cities of Pagadian and Dipolog, a police official announced Sunday.

Firearms, Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Service head Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca made the announcement as they continue the campaign against the illegal sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics here in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

“Nandito kami ngayon sa Zamboanga Sibugay,” Huesca said over the phone Sunday.

Arrested in an entrapment around 5 p.m. Friday in Pagadian City, the capital of Zamboanga del Sur, were Louie Sy Co, 24, and Rachel Alozo, 26, according to Huesca.

Huesca, who is also the Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer, said Co is the owner while Alozo is the cashier of the 5K General Merchandise located in the village of Santiago, Pagadian City, where the entrapment operation was carried out.

He said Co do not have a dealer’s license and the products he sell are imported, which is prohibited under Republic Act 7183 or “an act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices” specifically Section 6.

He said they have confiscated some P250,000 worth of assorted firecracker and pyrotechnic devices from Co’s establishment.

Huesca said Co and Alozo will be charged for violation of R.A. 7183.

The remaining P90,000 worth of assorted firecrackers and pyrotechnic products were confiscated when they inspected, also Friday, eight retailer stores in Miputak, Dipolog City, Huesca said.

Huesca said the firecrackers and pyrotechnics were confiscated since the products were purchased from an “unauthorized source” and were imported.

Four of the stalls inspected were owned by Asnut Cabugatan while the rest were owned by Philip Tan, Hannibal Adriatico, Joan Go, and Rusty Guillena.

Like Co and Alozo, they will also be charged for violation of R.A. 7183, according to Huesca.

The campaign against illegal sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics, especially the imported ones, will continue, Huesca said.

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