88 arrested due to firecrackers


A Filipino vendor shows a giant firecracker along a busy shopping district in Manila, Philippines on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Despite injuries and fire caused by firecrackers, many Filipinos still buy the items to welcome the New Year in the belief that it will drive away bad spirits. AARON FAVILA /AP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–As the New Year’s celebration draws near, the number of people arrested in Metro Manila for firecracker-related offenses rose to 88 the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said.

This came after President Benigno Aquino expressed concern Sunday over the sale of oversized firecrackers, and chastised emergency services officials for failing to shut down factories and retailers making and selling them.

NCRPO chief, Police Director Leonardo Espina said that from the 18 arrested people Sunday, a total of 88 people have been arrested as of 7 a.m. Monday for violations of Republic Act 7183, the act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

Republic Act 7183 states that the manufacturers, distributors and users of banned firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices may be imprisoned from six months to a year with a fine from P20,000 to P30,000 once caught.

Among others, Goodbye Philippines, Giant Plapla, Giant Lolo, Giant Bawang, Coke-in-Can Bomb, Bin Laden, Kwiton Bomb, Goodbye Bading, Kabasi, and Picolo are firecrackers that have been banned for being hazardous.

From the 170 operations the NCRPO has conducted against illegal firecrackers, Espina said 639 boxes of Piccolo have been confiscated, along with one truckload of assorted firecrackers and pyrotechnics seized in Manila.

Two pick-ups, and two other jeepneeys loaded with same items were also confiscated in Quezon City, and Eastern Police District area, respectively, Espina said.

Moreover, four stalls were closed down and 35 ambulant vendors were banned from selling firecrackers.

Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said Leonardo Espina has given the directive to all District Directors and Chiefs of Police to intensify police operations against persons that will use, and sell illegal firecrackers.

Espina also ordered the arrest of persons who will illegally use their firearms, as well as those who will drink liquor in public places, and those who will violate city ordinances, Carlos said.

“These efforts are geared towards having a safe celebration of New Year’s revelry,” Espina said, noting that these operations are to be accomplished on top of the regular police patrols, arresting of criminals, and other wanted persons, and the investigation of previous crime incidents.

“Your metro cops working for you for the safe entry of 2013,” Espina said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KZEBAUGBBXOSZBPR5HUZGZXV5U andy bonifacio

    Come election time most people will write the names of smiling
    wolf-like  personalities and movie stars
    and before a year’s time start cursing these people, forgetting that they
    themselves are responsible for the waste of tax payer’s  money on these officials. Come new years eve,
    a lot will curse the firecrackers that make their arms bleed and  make the air that surrounds them dirty for
    their lungs as well as empty their pockets. Is this to drive away the bad
    spirits as what the chinese claim or have they not realized that the so called “luck”
    of the chinese are due to their diligence and perseverance as against  the complacency and lowly “ patron needed “ attitude
    of most  filipinos surrounding them.  I wonder then how the people of Davao have
    matured to learn to shun this wastefull and harmfull revelry yet remains to be
    the most sought after city as demostrated by its growth. One goes around the city
    and does not see anybody smoking in public and even the most unruly taxi driver
    stops on a red light. No martial law in the city, its just that  everybody cooperates. Maybe its  because they know somebody is really in charge. 

  • bugoybanggers

    Karamihan dito peke, akala ninyo malaki ha?? Sige nga balatan ninyo.. puro balat lang pala. Yun na nga baby TRIANGLE lang ang laman. Talo naman si UTOY.. Sa halagang 150pesos 1 piraso, na dengoy ng tig 3 pisong baby triangle. IBILI mo na lang ng 1/4kg. na lechon manok busog ka pa!

  • kilabot

    samantala, yung mga smugglers ng paputok na syang pinakaugat ng lahat ay hindi ginagalaw. 
    abnoying as usual.


    ibayong pag iingat na lang po sa hindi makaiwas magpaputok dyan… happy new year

  • OleSapra aka ARGUS


    ANA: “Uy, lamoba? Mismong si PNoy ang direktang nag-utos kay Chief PNP na ARESTOHIN ang lahat ng nagbebenta at gumagamit (nagpapaputok) ng mga rebentador. Masusunod kaya ang utos na ‘to ni PNoy?”

    LISA: “Matagal nang batas ‘yang RA 7183 pero ngayon lang, kung saka-sakali, magkakaroon ng implementasyon na ipatigil ng LUBUSAN ang bawal na paputok. ‘Yan naman eh kung HINDI tatanggap ng LAGAY ang bagong hepe ng PNP, o, ‘di ba?”

    CION: “Nakana mo, ‘day. Pero ‘wag lang rebentador sana ang pagtuunan ng RA 7183. Isama na rin na IPATIGIL ang ingay ng tambutso ng mga motorsiklo. Hulihin at pagmultahin din ang mga nagmamaneho ng motorcycle na naka-OPEN MUFFLER. Happy New 2013 to all !!!”  

  • Jobo Briones Llaguno

    The President always blame his alter-egos. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro


  • dahilsainyo

    Pag may kamag-anak pala ng pulis yong nagtitinda ng paputok libre sa huli samantalang huli ang iba pang mga nagtitinda sa katabi. At ang humuhuling pulis ay pawang naka sibilyan at marami pang mga alipores na sibilyan.

    Ganyan ang nangyari sa amin dito sa Novaliches kanina lamang na tiyempong nakita ko at ng marami. Patas dapat, walang exemption.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    walang kadala dala…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q2OTHRY3DREIMJMK4VXT6UIPSA salvation phils

    Dapat ipagbawal na lahat ng paputok. Walang bad spirit or evil spirit na dapat itaboy. All are superstious belief with no basis. Only in Philippines na tuwing New Year ay maraming nasusugatan at namamatay dahil sa maling paniniwala.
    It’s about time for the total ban on the manufacture of firecrackers. Beautiful fireworks will do but no to paputok.

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