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PNP Chief Statement on stray-bullet incident this Yuletide Season

Quezon City –It is with mixed feelings of sadness and anger that I announce the first recorded stray-bullet casualties this Yuletide Season, despite our stern warning against indiscriminate firing and celebratory gunfire during the holiday revelry. The National Operations Center has documented three injuries in separate stray-bullet incidents in Central Visayas and Central Mindanao as of 8:00AM yesterday, December 26. Relatedly, a Police Commissioned Officer, died in an encounter with suspects involved in illegal discharge of firearms in Cebu. Nonetheless, through the vigilance of PNP units, seven (7) suspects had been arrested in connection with 8 separate cases of illegal discharge of firearms and indiscriminate firing of guns in the different regions. Among those arrested, I am particularly bothered by PO1 Arthur Malayo, 32, assigned

Nonetheless, through the vigilance of PNP units, seven (7) suspects had been arrested in connection with 8 separate cases of illegal discharge of firearms and indiscriminate firing of guns in the different regions. Among those arrested, I am particularly bothered by PO1 Arthur Malayo, 32, assigned

Nonetheless, through the vigilance of PNP units, seven (7) suspects had been arrested in connection with 8 separate cases of illegal discharge of firearms and indiscriminate firing of guns in the different regions. Among those arrested, I am particularly bothered by PO1 Arthur Malayo, 32, assigned with the Saranggani Provincial Public Safety Company who reportedly fired his service firearm in Bgy Buenasuerte, Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte in the morning of Christmas Day. He is now undergoing

He is now undergoing summary investigation by PRO9. The criminal act of indiscriminate firing of guns by persons in authority is the height of arrogance and indiscipline that has no place in the police service. As Chief of the PNP, I feel I no longer need to warn or remind PNP personnel from firing their guns indiscriminately because each and every PNP member is assumed to be discerning of how to properly conduct himself whether on or off duty. On the otherhand, every PNP member is duty bound to take swift and decisive police action against any person who shall violate the law, more so if the offender is a fellow police officer. PNP rules and regulations are very specific against any misconduct or breach of discipline by police personnel. While existing laws provide stiff penalties against violators of RA 10591. I hope it is already the last time we are seeing these incidents of indiscriminate firing of guns and stray bullet casualties until the rest of the entire holiday season. Meanwhile, on firecracker-related incidents as of

On the other hand, every PNP member is duty bound to take swift and decisive police action against any person who shall violate the law, more so if the offender is a fellow police officer. PNP rules and regulations are very specific against any misconduct or breach of discipline by police personnel. While existing laws provide stiff penalties against violators of RA 10591. I hope it is already the last time we are seeing these incidents of indiscriminate firing of guns and stray bullet casualties until the rest of the entire holiday season. Meanwhile, on firecracker-related incidents as of 6:00AM of December 26, the Department of Health has documented a total of 47 injuries, mostly male victims (42) with ages ranging from 4 years old to 62 years old. 25 of these incidents were reported in NCR.

Piccolo is identified as the leading cause of injuries in 23 cases. The DOH report indicates 11 victims were just bystanders or onlookers, and 13 victims suffered eye injuries. Throughout the Holiday Season, the PNP will continue to wage the campaign against loose firearms, illegal discharge of firearms; and against criminal gangs and personalities in support of Project Double Barrel Alpha, with focused operations to account for High Value Target Personalities involved in illegal drugs and eventually progressing to the Barangay Drug Clearing Strategy of the government. We urge the public to support and cooperate with the security protocols of the PNP. Any untoward incidents and crime situations should be reported to the police through nationwide emergency hotline 911 or through PNP social media accounts, @pnphotline for twitter or thru the official account of Philippine National Police

Any untoward incidents and crime situations should be reported to the police through nationwide emergency hotline 911 or through PNP social media accounts, @pnphotline for twitter or thru the official account of Philippine National Police

The DOH report indicates 11 victims were just bystanders or onlookers, and 13 victims suffered eye injuries. Throughout the Holiday Season, the PNP will continue to wage the campaign against loose firearms, illegal discharge of firearms; and against criminal gangs and personalities in support of Project Double Barrel Alpha, with focused operations to account for High Value Target Personalities involved in illegal drugs and eventually progressing to the Barangay Drug Clearing Strategy of the government. We urge the public to support and cooperate with the security protocols of the PNP. Any untoward incidents and crime situations should be reported to the police through nationwide emergency hotline 911 or through PNP social media accounts, @pnphotline for twitter or thru the official account of Philippine National Police

We urge the public to support and cooperate with the security protocols of the PNP. Any untoward incidents and crime situations should be reported to the police through nationwide emergency hotline 911 or through PNP social media accounts, @pnphotline for twitter or thru the official account of Philippine National Police in facebook. (PNP-PIO)

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