Cops’ guns muzzled for Christmas eve PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 13:39

Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Edgar Basbas yesterday led the mass taping of gun muzzles of policemen in Camp Romeo Abendan, Mercedes, this city.

Similar measure was taken at the City Police Office yesterday where the muzzles of firearms of local policemen were taped to prevent them from using in in revelry during the Christmas Eve.

Both muzzle taping activities at PRO-9 and City Police office took place during the regular Monday flag ceremony.

The taping of the muzzles is being done yearly in compliance with a Camp Crame guideline aimed to stop PNP personnel from firing their guns indiscriminately during the yuletide season.

This year’s program is dubbed “Ligtas Paskuhang 2014” which is to assure no casualty before the coming of a new year.

Basbas said that although the gun muzzles are taped, policemen can still use their guns in line of duty.

Basbas, on the other hand, reminded his men to comply with the guideline to avoid inconvenience.

The police regional director warned other gun holders to follow the guideline as the police won’t hesitate to file charges against violators.

City Police Director Sr. Supt.  Angelito Casimiro said the directive on muzzle taping came from the national headquarters, and was given to the regional office.

“All the government-issued firearms will be muzzle-taped, effective today, December 22,” said Casimiro in a press briefing with the local media.

Casimiro assured, however, that police forces will still be able to respond to emergencies despite the taped muzzles of their service firearms.

“That was my guidance this morning, that although we put some muzzle tape on the firearms, it should be able to respond to any eventuality,” he said.

Around 1,222 police personnel from the 11 police stations, police headquarters and the Public Safety Company submitted both their long and short firearms for taping.

Relative to the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations, the ZCPO has intensified its enforcement of the ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices pursuant to Ordinance 431.

From October 15-22, police personnel apprehended two individuals and confiscated one box of five star crackers, and bunches of rockets, locally known as kwitis.

Two operations were also conducted against illegal firearms, leading to the arrest of four individuals and the confiscation of three firearms and a homemade rifle.

Mayor Beng Climaco reiterated her call to the public to comply with the firecracker ban in the City.

“We continue to remind the public of the ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnic devises pursuant to Ordinance 431 enacted last September to avoid the risks that these items pose on lives and properties as well as to prevent fear, anxiety and contributory factor to the general feeling of threat and insecurity as a result of the 2013 siege,” she said.

She also urged security forces and the public to “never let our guard down” especially in this Yuletide season.

“Public safety and security is our utmost priority,” emphasized Climaco. — Dan Toribio and Jasmine Mohammadsali