Christmas in Cebu and Central Visayas generally peaceful

POLICE officials said no major incidents happened during the Christmas celebration in Cebu and other provinces in Central Visayas.

Senior Superintendent Angelito Dumangeng, the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas's directorial staff chief, said they did not receive any reports of injuries due to indiscriminate firing.

"We had a very peaceful Christmas celebration," he told reporters on Tuesday, December 26.

Dumangeng said he is in favor of total ban of firecrackers, but admitted it is hard to stop a tradition. He added they will possibly tape the muzzles of the police officers' firearms to prevent possible indiscriminate firing in welcoming the New Year.

He thanked the local government units in putting up firecracker zones.

Investigators, however, are looking for the person who fired a gun in Barangay Cogon, Compostela.

A slug was found in the bed of a house in Cogon past 12 a.m. on Monday. No one was hit.

Compostela Police Chief Junafe Vergara said they are investigating the incident.

She said they have conducted information drive against indiscriminate firing, but added that there are stubborn people who continue to use unlicensed firearms in lieu of firecrackers.

Vergara have reminded her personnel not to fire any firearms during Christmas and New Year's celebrations.

In Barangay Magcagong, Sibonga, a farmer landed in the hospital after he was shot by an unidentified man last Monday night.

Dumangeng said the lower units have been informing the public about the dangers of using unlicensed firearms and banned firecrackers. (KAL/SunStar Cebu)



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