THE indiscriminate firing of guns is a no-no in the Philippines, particularly during the so-called “New Year Revelry.”
But despite the prohibition, hard-headed Filipinos, including policemen and other members of the uniformed service, still use their guns to welcome the new year every December 31.
This year, the top leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has deployed crack teams to go after those who would fire their service firearms indiscriminately tomorrow night.
PNP chief Director-General Oscar “Odie” D. Albayalde, a disciplinarian, has called on the citizens to use their mobile phone cameras in recording any indiscriminate firing of weapons.
Note that policemen have been on a nationwide Yuletide alert to ensure the safety and security of Filipinos and foreign visitors during the holidays, according to the PNP top honcho.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Benigno B. Durana, on the other hand, said that the recording will serve as hard evidence against the suspect or suspects.
Durana said any information on indiscriminate firing can be relayed to the nearest police station or by calling the government hotline 911, the DILG Patrol 117 or through 091784756757.
All complaints, he said, will be immediately addressed by concerned units as the national police agency has a strict feedback mechanism that goes after cops who fail to do their job.
To prevent cases of deadly stray bullet incidents during the holidays, the PNP and the military have been conducting joint interdiction patrols to deter the illegal discharge of guns.
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), headed by Director Guillermo T. Eleazar, said 7,823 cops, supported by nearly 10,000 force multipliers, oversee the peace and order situation in the metropolis.
Doubtless, the PNP is on the right track in ensuring the safety of the people when they welcome the “Year of the Boar” tomorrow night.