Camp Crame, Quezon City — Through the intensified campaign of the Philippine National Police and other government agencies against illegal discharge of firearms, the PNP recorded 89.47% decrease on stray bullet cases compared from last year.
According to the PNP Directorate for Operations Director, PCSupt Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, from four incidents of illegal discharge of firearms, there were also four incidents of stray bullet with four casualties (all injured) during the celebration of New Year’s eve this year, while from one incident of illegal discharge of firearm last year (2015), there were 38 incidents of stray bullet with 27 casualties (all injured).
Based on the records there is a huge decrease on stray bullet incidents with 89.47% and stray bullet victims with 85.12% compared to last year’s incidents.
“This record shows that there were incidents on Illegal Discharge of Firearms that were not reported last year”, PCSupt Cascolan said.
“Furthermore, this is a result of heightened vigilance by PNP including maximum deployment during the 12-hour period from 5PM of December 31, 2016 to 5AM of January 1, 2017 as ordered by the Chief PNP Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa”, PCSupt Cascolan added.
PNP Chief PDG Dela Rosa ordered the recall of all personnel even those who are in New Year’s break and report to the nearest police office, unit, station, from their residences and form part of the patrol teams of that office or unit or station. Meanwhile, 470 Crame-based personnel were also part of the deployment to secure a safe and peaceful celebration of New Year in Metro Manila.
The PNP also attributed the peaceful and orderly celebration of New Year to the public who posted/uploaded videos and pictures in the social media of persons who used firearms in celebration of New Year and reported it to the nearest police station that resulted to immediate police response and investigation. (PNP-PIO)