Public urged to report indiscriminate firing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 11:07

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday appealed to the public to immediately report cases of indiscriminate firing especially as the New Year celebration draws closer.

PNP-Public Information Office (PIO) head, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, said that citizens are encouraged to cooperate with the police by reporting any incident of indiscriminate firing of guns or use of prohibited firecrackers thru PNP Hotline 09178475757 (for text message) or at PNP Twitter account @PNPhotline (for social media reports) for speedy response to all complaints.

Mayor also encouraged the public to discreetly take a picture or much better a cellphone video of any individual who is in the act of indiscriminate firing so it could be used later as evidence.

Meanwhile, Mayor said the PNP supports the “Iwas Paputok 2014” campaign of the Department of Health (DOH). Thus, Republic Act 7183, the law that regulates the manufacture, sale, distribution and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices is strictly enforced by the PNP.

According to PNP-PIO that as of 8 a.m. on Monday (Dec. 29) the number of injured due to stray bullets were seven persons while 32 persons got injured due to firecrackers since December 16.

It added that 68 reported incidents while 17 persons were arrested and 16,021 illegal firecrackers worth Php 10,593 were confiscated.

According to the PNP the specifically prohibited are firecrackers with net explosives content of more than 0.2 grams or approximately 1/3 teaspoon. These prohibited firecrackers are very dangerous and are known to cause  serious injury or even death.