PNP: Fewer victims of firecrackers this year

POLICE authorities yesterday noted a marked decline in the number of firecracker-related injuries and incidents during the holiday season and described the 2010 Yuletide season as generally peaceful.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Raul Bacalzo attributed the significant improvement to the vigilance of the police in enforcing prohibitions against illegal firecrackers and indiscriminate firing of guns.

The heightened awareness of the public and the inter-agency coordination by health officials, local governments, and law enforcement also help in decline of firecracker related injuries, the PNP chief said.

“I must congratulate all police units for maintaining their vigilance throughout the Holiday Season. I would also like to thank the various government agencies as well as the public for their continuous support and cooperation,” Bacalzo said.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. the PNP Chief and the NCRPO chief, Director Nicanor Bartolome continuously monitored the situation in the different police stations and hospitals in Metro Manila and other key cities.

During the New Year’s eve revelry, the PNP noted fewer firecracker-related injuries while 16 reported stray-bullet incidents are being validated, down from 33 incidents last year.

The PNP National Operations Center reported the arrest of 52 persons for indiscriminate firing of guns and illegal firecrackers.

“Overall, the celebration of the Christmas and New Year season all over the country was generally peaceful, with a marked improvement in the number of accidents,” Cruz said. Anthony Vargas

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