Christmas in PH ‘generally peaceful’


Philippine National Police Deputy Director General Alan Purisima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Christmas Eve celebrations in the country were “generally peaceful” except for a few untoward incidents monitored by the police, Philippine National Police Chief Director General Alan Purisima told Radyo Inquirer 990AM on Tuesday.

Purisima noted that these incidents involved deaths and injuries from fires that hit parts of Metro Manila, and commotions caused by drunk men.

“Sa ating monitoring, generally mapayapa po meron pong mga insidenteng nangyari na kinasawi ng ating mga kababayan at tsaka meron pong hindi nadidisiplina yung sarili kapag nakakainom sumosobra na sila,” he said.

At least three people were reportedly killed in two separate fires that struck Metro Manila early Tuesday.

Radio reports said that fire hit a residential area in Barangay Bungad, Project 7, Quezon City that claimed the lives of at least three people. The fire reached Task Force Charlie at 5:47 am and was put out more than an hour later.

Another fire left at least 2,000 families homeless in Barangay St. Joseph, San Juan City, reports said. No casualties had been reported from the fire.
Purisima had earlier said that though the PNP had not monitored any security threats during the yuletide season, it raised its security alert status to ensure the safety of people travelling to and from their provinces.

The police, he said, were also on the lookout for the rise of accidents and injuries caused by firecrackers and pyrotechnics as the New Year’s celebrations draws near.

Meanwhile, Purisima said that changes in the  PNP would be introduced  to ensure clean and fair elections in 2013.

He said police who have relatives or family members running in the 2013 elections would be “reshuffled” to make sure that they would not use their positions to influence the elections in the areas they were assigned to.

“Yun pong mga kamaganakan ng mga mga kapulisan natin na kumakandidato sa local elections lalo na, ay ililipat po natin sila ng position para hindi po nila maiimpluwensiyahan yung magiging resulta ng halalan,” Purisima said.

Relatives by consanguinity and by affinity, he said, would apply in this case.

Purisima said the guidelines for the  reshuffle, which would affect more than 100 policemen, had been given to regional directors and the policy would be implemented before the election period.

The PNP chief admitted that he himself has a cousin running for mayor in San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur but that the cousin was unopposed.

Purisima said the PNP  was  also firm in its efforts to crack down unlicensed fire arms with its campaign ordering police to seek households reported to have unlicensed fire arms.

He had earlier noted that about 530,000 licensed firearms holders in the country did not apply for renewal of licenses, and that this was a concern since these were threats to the security for next year’s elections.

Purisima reiterated that owners of firearms without licenses would be held criminally liable after the December 31 deadline for the renewal of gun licenses.

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  • Mabuhay

    Divorce law! Divorce law for 2013…!!!!!!! 91% plus na ang YES sa survey yehey! magagalit na naman si Damaso!!!! it’s long overdue ! 

    • shots_fired

      sino si damaso?

      • Edgardo Mendoza

        si satanas carnival tagle yung sinungaling na carnival!!

  • Klepto

    Dito sa Barangay tahimik din kasi walang pulis dito nakatira. Wala rin dito drug pusher, walang protektor ng mga drug lords, walang kidnapping, walang abusado, walang bodyguard ng pulitiko. Sana walang pulis dito manirahan.

  • joshua kings

    patawarin po Ninyo sila at ‘di nila alam ang sinasabi…..

  • kimo211

    lumang  tugtugin  na  po  ito,,,,ningas  kugon  culture.

  • buttones

    “He had earlier noted that about 530,000 licensed firearms holders in the country did not apply for renewal of licenses, and that this was a concern since these were threats to the security for next year’s elections.”

    If this is the case then there are an additional 530,000 unlicensed firearms on top of the estimated 600,000 unlicensed ones? Surely the concern is not the elections? Isn’t it the safety of citizens every day—- elections or not?…


  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • freedom of navigation

    Mag MINDSET na tayo ngayon pa lang na huawag magpapaputok ng mga nakakapaslang na paputok sa Bagong Taon ng 2013. Watusi lang at iba pang hindi nakakapinsala. Hamunin ang mamamayan ng pamahalaan, ng mga magulang, ng simbahan, ng mga orginsayong laban sa mga nagapapaputok. Sabihin sa kanila na kaya natin itong gawin para maiwasan na ang mga aksidente at kapahamakan nating mga Pilipino tuwing nagbabagong taon.

  • Fred

    Gen Purisima, ano ang gagawin mo sa mga provincial police directors ng Pangasinan at Pampanga na hindi nakontrol ang jueteng? At doon sa iba pa?

  • wakats

    Gen. Purisima said Christmas in PH “generally peaceful” except for a few untoward incidents involving deaths and injuries from fires that hit parts of Metro Manila.

    Almost similar to a monotonous weather forecast about good weather except for scattered rain showers and thunderstorms x-x-x-

    In short, it’s abnormally normal if no killings, robberies, carnappings, snatching, and the like happen in our major metropolis due to proliferation of unlicensed firearms at the hands of lawless elements, in addition to un-renewed firearms licenses in the names of law-abiding citizens.

    Whatever, can we say we are the equivalent of the “old wild west” or the “old mafia-run chicago during the prohibition period.”   

  • Noel

    It’s not over yet.  What about New Year?

  • disqusted0fu

    Christmas in PH ‘generally peaceful’ – thats because the Aquino administration has taken a break in creating issues here and there.

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