Orendain reports zero ‘cracker-related injuries PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 13:29

City caretaker and Adminsitrator Antonio Orendain Jr. on Monday took pride in reporting that Zamboanga City recorded zero firecracker-related injuries and incidents during the New Year revelry stressing that the greater majority of the residents obliged with the firecracker ban instituted by the local government.

Orendain attributed the perfect record to police and military authorities who have done their best efforts to keep Zamboanga City safe and secure during the holiday break.

One injury admitted at the Zamboanga City Medical Center was due to premature explosion of a dynamite. The victim, Hassan Mualam, 33, of Tumitus was admitted at the height of the revelry with multiple traumatic amputation fingers in both hands, initially reported to be due to firecrackers. A deep probe of the incident however revealed that the incident was due to dynamite fishing.

By virtue of Ordinance 431 and Republic Act 7183, police authorities have apprehended and confiscated several firecrackers and even improvised cannons intended to be used for noise barrage during the New Year revelry during the 18 operations conducted.

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

Orendain said the police and military authorities deserve commendation for their dedication to duty during the holiday break that led to the peaceful New Year celebration in Zamboanga.

“It was a good relief because no firecracker-related casualties or injuries were reported, as we welcomed the New Year. The greater majority of the residents followed the ordinance and we commend and thank them for that,” Orendain told City Government workers during the flag raising ceremony in front of City Hall Monday.

He likewise thanked the police for all the other efforts to include the swift arrest of the suspects in the December 30 explosion at a massage parlor in Tomas Claudio Street as well as the arrest of people involved in drag racing activities in Veterans Avenue Sunday night (January 4). — Sheila Covarrubias