No more gunfire and firecrackers last Christmas Eve PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 December 2015 14:14

Table Talk

Zamboanga City became popular in the country as the “the city of guns”, but was so silent and peaceful last Christmas Eve. Every family and group of friends enjoyed their bonding. The drinking spree in almost all houses went on up to the wee hours of the morning and the food prepared in their tables was consumed with full satisfaction. No more jitters, apprehensions and fear of explosions like a few years ago before the MNLF siege. Explosion was everywhere and sale of firecrackers by vendors can be found throughout the city from the public market, busy commercial streets and even outside the premises of churches and cathedrals or place of worship, even months before Christmas and New Year. Since last year and today, our law enforcers and the city government, seriously enforced the ban and is very, very successful.

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With firm political will and determination, solutions to serious problems can be done. Perhaps for the good of the city and its people, the city government can extend this serious enforcement of discipline, against proliferation and sale of illegal drugs, traffic snarls by unruly and discourteous drivers and pedestrians, petty criminals in our city streets and most of all discrimination and the unequal protection from the law by some of our law enforcers and city officials. If these pressing day -to-day problem the city is confronting will be at least minimized if it cannot be totally eradicated, Zamboanga City will be as peaceful as Davao City.

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It can be done as shown in the enforcement of the ban on the sale of firecrackers, all it needs is a serious and sustained enforcement of City Ordinances and the continuous monitoring of our city officials and officers of our PNP. The City Police Director and the chiefs of police in all precincts must adopt a “hands on” stand on the on-going operation. They should not fully rely on their operatives in the field, because in one way or another, we still have scalawags in our police rank and file.

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In less than a week, the new year will come, and the world will celebrate this coming of the New Year with noise and explosions as a tradition. Zamboanga City will not be spared.This is one time, our law enforcers should double their efforts to enforce the ban. The police hierarchy must not let their guard down. Criminals and terrorists are just waiting for the right time to strike havoc and chaos and they do their evil plan when people least expected it like being engrossed in a celebration. It had happened in the past and to allow it to happen again is not only incompetence but stupidity.

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As a start to ensure that the celebration of New Year in Zamboanga City will be peaceful, why don’t the Police inspect the makeshift vending tables of those street vendors selling paper wrappers and noise makers like “paper trumpets”? Information fed to Table Talk claim that some of those street vendors are selling firecrackers hidden underneath those displayed paper noise makers. No fear of human rights violation, the provision of the ban includes “random inspection for security reasons”. This will only be effective if the inspector is not a scalawag.

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Scoop: The other night, while enjoying our beer in a neighborhood store, a group of naughty street children passing by, suddenly exploded a firecracker. My friends were jolted by the explosion. Those kids might have bought those firecrackers from unscrupulous vendors. Worst, they just laugh on their way out.

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