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18 arrested for indiscriminate firing on New Year’s Eve—PNP

2 killed, 39 injured by stray bullets, say police

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A Filipino boy lifts his bandaged hand as he is treated for injuries from a firecracker explosion at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Police arrested 18 trigger-happy individuals for allegedly firing their guns during the New Year’s Eve revelry, the Philippine National Police said on Wednesday. AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA

MANILA, Philippines—Police arrested 18 trigger-happy individuals for allegedly firing their guns during the New Year’s Eve revelry, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Wednesday.

Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesperson, said two persons were killed and at least 39 others were injured by stray bullets nationwide.

The two fatalities were Stephanie Nicole Ella of Caloocan City, the seven-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet in the head and died in a Quezon City hospital on Wednesday, and four-year-old Ranjilo Nemer of Mandaluyong City.

Citing the latest data from the PNP’s National Operations Center in Camp Crame, he said the police recorded 19 incidents of indiscriminate firing during the country’s traditional rowdy merrymaking in ushering in the new year.

Twelve of the cases occurred in Metro Manila, where 10 persons were arrested for indiscriminate firing, he added.

“Our police units have already filed cases against these arrested individuals. The PNP will continually monitor the cases of the victims of stray bullets,” Cerbo told reporters.

He said the bullet slugs and other evidence gathered by the police would be subjected to ballistic examination to determine the source of the bullets and, possibly, identify the registered owner of the firearms used.

“That’s why we appeal to the public to help the police in gathering information about their neighbors who fired their guns during the New Year’s Eve celebration. This would also help us in resolving cases of indiscriminate firing,” he said.

The PNP official said close to 400 persons were arrested during the PNP’s 7,230 operations against the manufacturers, retailers and users of powerful and illegal firecrackers.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 7183, the law regulating the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of firecrackers, had been filed against the arrested individuals.

“I think the PNP’s successful operations against illegal firecrackers contributed to the significant decrease in firecracker-related injuries,” Cerbo said.

Asked to comment on proposals to ban the use of firecrackers, he said: “As a law enforcement agency, the PNP respects the decision of our legislators. Whatever legislation they deem appropriate, whether to totally ban or strictly regulate firecrackers, we will comply.”

According to Cerbo, the PNP did not receive any reports or complaints about policemen firing their guns unnecessarily during the holiday season.


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  • ztefertilizerscam9

    confiscate their gun at yong bala na nakuha sa body ng namatay na bata so that they can investigate using Firearm microstamping.

  • litobetita

    Identify and punish those who are responsible for this crime and senseless lost of innocent lives. The government should invest more of our resources in trying to find ways on how to eliminate this “crime”. 

  • WeAry_Bat

    Two children dead is too much when it should be none at all.

    Tougher laws for indiscriminate firing of guns!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BUSTP6VP7RZLO6MT4NYXNO4HZA Tiger

    Indiscriminate firing of guns should be punishable by Death!
    Kill those bastards!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    Those firing indiscriminately could be police or military who use non-service or paltik firearms. Who will arrest them if this is the case. 

  • Fayha

    Patayin na lang pag napatunayan. pag ipakulong mo pa yan pakainin pa yan nang gobyerno..Sorry Guys but that’s my Opinion. Nakakainis kasi ang mga taong ito, pasaway talaga. Sinabi na nang Gobyerno bawal mag paputok nang baril pag New Year..kawawa ang mga inosenting tao na natatamaan nang mga ligaw bala.

  • malek_abdul

    Maybe one of those arrested is responsible for Stephanie Nicole Ella’s death. Jail them all and let them feel how it feels to lose a loved one. These trigger happy nitwits do not belong to the disciplined and responsible gun owners of the society.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    years ago at midnight,during new year’s celebration at wild west crame one can smell gunpowder in the air and hear reports from all sorts of long and short firearms, outside each house there’s a chance that somebody is firing a gun or rifle in the air. year after year it’s like a war zone at that area which is just a stone’s throw away from camp crame. i hope things have changed but one thing is for sure, i will always miss the;

    LET’S GO

  • batangsulpok

    Matigas kasi ang ulo ng karamihang Pilipino kaya bayaan na lang na magkasugat-sugat ang katawan dahil sa paputok at kung maputulan sila ng kamay o daliri o paa o mawalan ng mata, siguro ay magtatanda na dahil taon-taon ay ganito ang kuwento pero sige pa rin para mabawasan ang mga pasaway sa Pilipinas.

    • http://twitter.com/romanovsjewels Cesar

      Tama ! 

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

    BAKIT   HINDI   NYO  I-PUBLISH   SA  DYARYO   ANG   MGA  PANGALAN   NYANG   MGA  NAGPAPUTOK   NG   BARIL  NOONG BAGONG  TAON ?  BAKIT?  NAGKAKALAGAYAN  NA  YATA AH !!

    NEED FOR TOTAL BAN ON FIRECRACKERS !!

    SOUNDS OF FIRECRACKERS SERVE AS COVER FOR SOUNDS OF GUNFIRE DURING NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS. THE 7 YEAR OLD GIRL WITH A BULLET EMBEDDED IN HER SKULL FIRED FROM A GUN BY A MORON LAST DEC. 31 HAD JUST DIED ! WHAT A WASTE OF HUMAN LIFE ! IT IS VERY HARD TO DISTINGUISH THE SOUND OF GUNFIRE FROM THE SOUND OF EXPLODING FIRECRACKERS. IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO CATCH THIS KILLER . . . AND CRIMES OF THIS NATURE ARE BOUND TO BE REPEATED IN THE FUTURE. . . . THEREFORE LET US REMOVE THE COVER FOR INDISCRIMINATE FIRING OF GUNS DURING NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS. . . LET US BAN TOTALLY FIRECRACKERS . . NOW. .

    • noli chu

      Baka nililinis muna nila yung iba..baka kasi kabaro nila….ayaw nila mabahiran yung imahe nila. Di ba nila alam na mas gaganda ang imahe nila kung wala silang palalagpasin kahit kabaro.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    I want to line up these maderpakers and shoot them in the head one by one.

  • http://twitter.com/romanovsjewels Cesar

    Those prig policemen caught on camera taking confiscated firecrackers must be SACKED and JAILED too ! Shame on those craps ! I’m sure many snoot uniformed men were involved in these indiscriminate firing ! 

  • noli chu

    Asan n mga names ng nag paputok ng Baril? bakit di nyo mapangalanan? may tinatago ba kyo?

    • beatmanny

      cyber bully ka te? pta ka

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/TNJBE7LNQLM2Y7QFWATSIKSJUQ ROUEL

    Stupid idea to ban firecrackers…A legal one, want to be banned…How dare you noo…ky mind people? You can’t solve the problem of firecrackers related incident by banning it. Let leave it alone…It’s up to individual to handle it. The Authorities should place a guidelines how to use firecrackers. Just look back to illegal drugs, you could not solved it. Then, you are taking more burden again.



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