Police arrest more than 100 for ‘crackers in early hours

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PNP Director General Alan Purisima

MANILA, Philippines–As the nation bade farewell to 2012, more than 100 persons so far had been arrested for selling, transporting and using prohibited firecrackers in separate police operations Monday, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

A day after President Aquino ordered an intensified crackdown on illegal firecrackers, PNP Director General Alan Purisima said the police responded by shutting down 65 establishments caught in violation of Republic Act No. 7183, the law regulating the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of firecrackers.

Purisima said police carried out inspections of 3,120 stalls and factories making and selling firecrackers and other pyrotechnics nationwide.

“I have ordered police commanders to closely monitor all establishments in their jurisdictions to ensure that no prohibited firecrackers will be sold and used before, during and after the New Year’s eve celebrations,” Purisima said.

The PNP chief said 80 persons had been arrested for violation of RA No. 7183 nationwide as of 7 a.m.

A separate report from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said 113 individuals had been arrested in 228 police operations in the metropolis alone.

Director Leonardo Espina, NCRPO chief, said nine persons were arrested for the indiscriminate firing of guns.

He said almost 700 boxes of piccolos, a banned firecracker that has caused the most number of injuries among children, were confiscated in Metro Manila.

Purisima also sought the public’s assistance in going after manufacturers, traders and users of powerful and illegal firecrackers.

He said the public may call PNP hotline 117 or 0917-8475757 to report the sale or use of prohibited firecrackers.

He also ordered an investigation of policemen caught in a video lighting firecrackers in Quezon City.

“We will place under investigation even the direct (superiors) of these PNP personnel,” Purisima said.

In Laguna, the police on Monday destroyed illegal firecrackers confiscated from manufacturers and users in the province.

The firecrackers were piccolos, goodbye earth and goodbye Philippines varieties which the government has banned, according to Senior Supt. Pascual Muñoz, Laguna police director.

Muñoz said most of the firecrackers were seized from warehouses in Sta. Cruz and San Pedro towns and were valued at P1 million.

“Some of the manufacturers had licenses (to operate) but they were manufacturing the illegal ones,” said Senior Insp. Vicente Cabatingan of the Special Police Task Group that led the crackdown.

In Maasin City, Southern  Leyte, local Muslim traders notched lower pyrotechnic sales figures as the police strictly implemented the ban on illegal firecrackers.

“We are expecting lower sales this year because some items have been banned, particularly those that are in demand,” said a trader who identified himself only as Kokoy.

The Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Health had banned the manufacture and sale of firecrackers such as the piccolo, judas belt, pillbox, big bawang, goodbye earth and goodbye Philippines, among others.

RA No. 7183 mandates that persons caught manufacturing, selling, distributing or buying these items face imprisonment of six months to one year and a fine of P20,000 to P30,000. With reports from Maricar Cinco, Inquirer Southern Luzon, and Jani Arnaiz, Inquirer Visayas

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  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    No recycling of firecrackers please! 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NRLFHB4ZOMCNGDUJ2ZINRV7DAQ Juan

      did you see the video na  nag aagawan sila ng paputok pagkatapos ng anti firecracker ceremony drive? 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYUXU35XHVC6K7HGRCZNI7JOFA PAZ

        hahaha! dapat taasan ang sweldo ng mga pulis para makabili ng sariling firecrackers.

  • rayingga

    More fun in the Phil. kasi ibang klase ang PULIS dito. Calling Gen Espina.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Ibinalita sa 7pm tv news na bandang 5pm sa Divisoria ay lantaran ang pagbenta ng mga
    prohibited firecrackers sa sidewalks. Ipinakita pa sa tv screen ang mga tatak ng mga iligal na paputok. Tila maagang namahinga ang mga pulis ninyo Gen Alex Gutierrez at Gen Espina.
    Nagmukha tuloy kayong dalawa na katawa-tawa sa mga press releases ninyo.

  • nti_boohaya

    Seer, mga totoy huli sa pagpapaputok ng pla pla.  Pero, seeeeeeerrrr, may dinisiplinaan o inaresto na ba kayong pulis, mga iba nga e superintendent pa, na nanguha at nag uwi ng mga paputok na idinisplay ninyo para se media?  Nakakasuka po at paputok pa lang yan. Parang mga buwaya na nakakita ng patay na kalabaw sa tubigan.  Ganyan din kaya ginagawa sa mga kinukumpiskang ibang sangkap?  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYUXU35XHVC6K7HGRCZNI7JOFA PAZ

      Mahal kasi firecrackers. Pag nakahuli yung ibang pulis may libre silang firecrackers!

  • $14334231

    ban the press releases!!!!!…….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IGQYIPU6AFTVRJ742XT2X44M4 Jef

    Tuwang tuwa mga pulis maraming mahuli maconfiscate at maraming maiuwi sa bahay…side line….kutong cop….ngayon naman illegal or bawal na paputok pinag parti partihan caught in the camera TV PATROL paano naman yong iba inilalagay sa mga own car…..shame on you..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYUXU35XHVC6K7HGRCZNI7JOFA PAZ

      Kaya nga masipag yung ibang pulis manghuli eh, para may libre silang firecrackers. Sayang nga naman kung itatapon lang, o di sila ang magpaputok. Sa mahal ng paputok itatapon lang? Kaya tama ang ibang pulis, nakumpiska nila paputukin nila!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X5TS3UOIZ6COTUWQRBY5ONG5BE Vilma Amon

      parang hulidap

  • wawa2172

    Santisima Purisima what a press release. Only 100 caught selling illegal firecrackers, eh halos nag lilipana ang mga illegal vendors na nag lalako nang nakakamatay na paputok. Hay naku PNoy paki sita nga nitong bagong police chief mo, para rin pala itong si Laila de Lima kung ma pa press release.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    ang tahimik daw sa Davao kagabi…..mga nakakatawang inutil kayong lahat…PNP.
    Galaw galaw Purisima ng magkaleeg ka ulit.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X5TS3UOIZ6COTUWQRBY5ONG5BE Vilma Amon

    Sale ng firecrackers sa QCPD

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