Casimiro warns cops vs celebratory firing of guns PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 July 2015 14:08

by allen  abastillas

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito A. Casimiro has warned policemen against firing their guns to celebrate today’s Hariraya Puasa or  Eid’l Fit’r.

Casimiro said that policemen are professionals who have undergone schooling and are matured enough to know the danger of celebratory gunfire which in the past caused the death and injuries of several people because of stray bullets.

He ssaid policemen also know the consequences if they fire their  gun indiscriminately. Once caught and proven they did fire,  criminal and administrative charged will be filed against them.

Casimiro emphasized that guns should be fired against the enemies of the government like criminals and lawless elements.He

He said that indiscriminate firingof gun can snap out the lives of people.

The police chief ordered all policemen to be extra alert because the Philippine National Police has not lowered the alert status in the region.

He expressed optimism that the celebration of Hariraya Puasa will be generally peaceful.

Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Wednesday appealed to his Muslim constituents not to fire guns in celebrating the Eid’l Fitr on Friday.

“Nowhere in the Holy Qur’an can we find a single sentence ordering us to `make noise’ or engage in activities that can be harmful to us and our neighbors during the Eid’l Fitr,” Hataman told Filipino Muslims in a statement.

He said the Eid is best celebrated through congregational prayers and, for those who have money, hosting of banquets for their poor neighbors regardless of their religions and ethnic identities.

Hataman, who chairs the regional peace and order council, has ordered ARMM’s police director, Chief Supt. Ronald Estilles, and his subordinate-provincial directors to tighten security throughout the region to ensure a safe celebration of the Eid by local folks.

Police officials on Wednesday started sealing the muzzles of firearms of policemen in the region to prevent indiscriminate celebratoryfiring during Friday’s Eid’l Fitr revelry.

Police officials will inspect the service firearms of all policemen in the autonomous region and initiate an inventory of the ammunition issued to each them a day after the Eid celebration.

In a statement, Chief Supt. Estilles warned policemen that administrative action will be taken against any policeman caught firing a gun during Friday’s Eid merry-making.

In a separate statement, Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, which covers Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur provinces, said he had also issued a directive to his Muslim subordinates not to use their guns during the Eid celebration.

“While I am very supportive of all religious activities of my Muslim men in different units of 6th ID, I also do not want them to fire their guns to do revelries,” Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan said he will work out the immediate dishonorable discharge from the military service of any soldier found to have fired a pistol or an assault rifle during the Eid festivity on Friday.

He said Army intelligence operatives will help the police monitor indiscriminate firing of guns during the event.

The Eid’l Fitr marks the culmination of the month-long Ramadan fasting season, where Muslims abstain from food and drinks during daytime as a religious obligation.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the “five pillars” of the Islamic faith, which include absolute belief in Allah, praying five times a day facing west, giving of zakat (alms) to the poor and, for those who can afford the cost of travel, a pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj rituals at least once in a lifetime.

Hataman said except for some isolated incidents in the ARMM’s scattered Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces, the region was relatively peaceful since the Ramadan started in last June 18.

The Ramadan season lasts for one lunar cycle, about 28 to 29 days, based on the Islamic hijrah calendar. — Allen Abastillas