15 arrested for indiscriminate firing

AT LEAST 15 persons were reportedly arrested by the police for firing their firearms indiscriminately at the height of Sunday’s (January 1) New Year’s revelry, police reports said today.

PNP Chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome said the 15 arrested for indiscriminate firing were allegedly responsible for the wounding 12 persons between December 21 and January 2.

“I have already ordered the immediate filing of the appropriate cases against these arrested persons,” Bartolome told reporters in a chance interview at Camp Crame on Monday morning.

Figures compiled by the PNP central operations center in Camp Crame said that from the ten-day period, police have arrested around 114 persons for criminal offenses related to merry making activities.

Of these figures, 15 were arrested for indiscriminate firing of firearms while 99 of them were apprehended for selling of possession of firecrackers that is prohibited by the firecracker law.

The PNP figures also showed that at least 12 fire incidents, three of them were due to firecrackers, across the country during the New Year’s revelry and causing almost P990 million in damages to properties.

The PNP reports also said that a total of 357 firecracker-related incidents were recorded, injuring 377 persons.

The PNP chief said that despite of these, aid the Christmas and New Year celebrations were “generally peaceful and orderly.” Anthony Vargas

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