NOBODY was reported injured by firecrackers during the Christmas revelry, although a 33-year-old man was shot in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City.
Police Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog, chief of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), described the Christmas celebration as generally peaceful.
Dalogdog said the zero firecracker incident shows that the people are already aware that fireworks or small explosive devices would just cause them harm.
The CCPO director is hoping that the same scenario would also be experienced on the eve of New Year and that nobody would fall victims to explosives and stray bullets.
“Hopeful ta nga this coming New Year, walay mga injuries nga mahitabo labi na sa katawhan sa Cebu City,” Dalogdog said.
(We are hoping that this coming New Year celebration, no firecracker-related injuries will be reported in Cebu City.)
The CCPO chief called on all its personnel and other gun owners not to use their firearms in welcoming the New Year.
“Akung panawagan sa mga gun holders ug sa mga police, dapat ano gyud wag kayong magpaputok dahil yan ay napakadelikado baka may mga matamaan tayo na mga kababayan natin dito sa Cebu City,” said Dalogdog.
(I’m calling on gun holders and the police, don’t fire your guns to avoid hitting our fellowmen in Cebu City.)
Dalogdog said he already ordered the Mobile Patrol Unit and the City Mobile Force Company to do roving patrol in places where many people gather, such as beer houses, department stores, seaports and churches.
Meanwhile, Labangon police personnel are still hunting down the suspect in the shooting of a man in Sitio Kangitngit, Barangay Tisa, Cebu City past 2 a.m. Sunday, December 25.
Police identified the victim as Mike Gomez, 33, a resident of the same barangay. (AYB, TPT)