Mayor cites police, military for peaceful festivities PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 January 2015 14:49

Mayor Beng Climaco cited police and military authorities and all responders for their endeavors to keep Zamboanga City safe and ensure implementation of laws during the New Year festivities.

Mayor Climaco said the uniformed personnel truly personify Rizalism and heroism, as they sacrifice their personal interests and even their lives just to keep Zamboanga City safe.

Most police personnel spent their New Year on streets guarding the city from lawless elements and violations of existing laws.

Except for one injury admitted at the Zamboanga City Medical Center at the height of the New Year revelry, the festivities in the city was generally peaceful based on reports from the local police office.

From 8pm of December 31, 2014 to 8am January 1, 2015, police authorities in cooperation with some barangay officials and volunteers apprehended violators and seized firecrackers and pyrotechnics banned under Ordinance 431 and Republic Act 7183.  Police Station 8 in Sinunuc seized 13 pieces boga, 35 pieces piccolo, 31 pieces kwitis and 3 pieces improvised cannon made of bamboo or lantaka. In Police Station 11, authorities confiscated 1 bunch of small rockets, 4 boxes piccolo, 1 rim five-star firecrackers, 90 large rockets and 2 sticks seven-colors.

There were no incidents of stray bullets, illegal discharge of firearms as well as fire incidents due to firecrackers reported during the festivities.

A total of 18 operations were conducted by police authorities to ensure that the city and the residents enjoy a peaceful and safe New Year celebration.

ZCMC Chief of Hospital Dr. Romeo Ong reported that Hassan Mualam, 33 years old of Tumitus was admitted at the height of the revelry with multiple traumatic amputation fingers in both hands secondary to firecracker triangle.

However, authorities are looking into another angle- premature dynamite explosion and not firecracker, as the cause of the incident.

Despite the ban, the use of firecrackers was observed to be rampant in some barangays during the new year festivities. But City Police Director Col. Angelito Casimiro vowed that violators of the firecracker ban will be meted with necessary sanctions.

“There are always birth pains in new laws implementation. Your PNP apprehended people who violated the ban and they spent the new year in the station’s jail and cases will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office today (Jan. 1),” Col. Casimiro said on New Year’s day. — Sheila Covarrubias