Honasan calls for review of pyrotechnic laws

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Senator Gregorio Honasan. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Moved by reports that children were the main victims, Sen. Gregorio Honasan has called a hearing to review proposed Senate bills as well as existing local ordinances on the use and regulation of firecrackers.

The chairman of the Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee, Honasan, said there are at least two bills, one filed by Sen. Manuel Villar and another by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, on the use of firecrackers and fireworks.

Honasan said he wants to examine the ordinances of Davao City and Ormoc City banning firecrackers. Davao City reported a zero injury rate from firecrackers.

“One calls for a total ban while the other designates the use of firecrackers only in designated public areas like what is being done in developed countries,” said the senator who could not recall who filed which bill.

Davao City model

A check with the Senate website showed that Villar filed a resolution in 2011 calling on the trade and commerce committee to “conduct an assessment” of the pyrotechnics industry and whether RA 7183, or the law regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other devices, protects consumers from unsafe and substandard products.

Honasan said the bills were sidelined because senators became busy with more urgent concerns, including the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Honasan said the findings of his committee would be consolidated with the Villar and Santiago bills. He said he might also file a report proposing to overhaul the law on pyrotechnics in response to the latest observations on firecracker use.

A matter of enforcement

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Panfilo Lacson observed the laws may be in place but implementation by law enforcement agencies was another matter.

“We already have the laws in place but the injuries that result from use cannot be remedied by these laws … It’s a question of law enforcement,” Enrile lamented.

“Threats and warnings are taken for granted because enforcement as a follow-through is lacking, if not absent,” Lacson in a text message.

According to the two senators, legislation could help improve the government’s response to the yearly problem of firecracker injuries.

Enrile said the DOH should be more proactive and directly assist Congress by submitting specific proposals on how to bring down the number of injuries.

Total ban

“If (DOH officials) are wise, submit to us their proposal instead of talking. Better do it immediately. File with the proper committee their proposed legislation instead of talking about it,” Enrile suggested.

Otherwise, Enrile would prefer a total ban so there would be no more injuries and violators could be easily identified and prosecuted.

“If so many are getting injured, then shut down the store. Ban it. That’s the essence of government,” he said.

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  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    When it comes to the perils of pyrotechnic, no one is more knowledgeable than Honasan. In his younger days, Honasan played with fire resulting in several misadventures. He and his arson crew even managed to burn down houses in White Plains, QC. Not satisfied, they painstakingly burned holes into clean white bedsheets using cigarettes elevating it to art form. Ganon ka astig si Honasan.

    Kaya kayong mga bata, huwag na huwag niyong tutularan si Honasan. At pag laki niyo, wag nyo ring botohin si Honasan. Susunigin nya lang lahat ng naipundar ng bayan.

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

    Very simple concept without thinking of a specific example, it’s legal to use firecrackers in general…then you will place on to be illegal by banning it. So far at late time of life to anyone today, you were no yet born, firecrackers are legally used by anybody since then you are not yet born.
    Need only tough enforcement of implementing the existing laws on the manufacturing of such firecrackers.  

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Ho hum. Honasan is just milking the issue while its hot for pogi points.

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

    a lot of talk and yet we all feel it’s the same next december. De Ja Vu.

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

    ANO  PANG  BAGONG BATAS?  ANO  PANG  MGA  REGULASYON  ANG  KAILANGAN  NYO ?     BAN  ALL   FIRECRACKERS   NOW !  BAKIT  SI  MAYOR  RODRIGO  DUTERTE  NG  DAVAO  CITY  KAYANG  I-BAN   ANG  FIRECRACKERS  BASED  ON  DAVAO  CITY  ORDINANCE  BANNING  FIRECRACKERS !  BAN  FIRECRACKERS  BECAUSE :

       1.  SOUNDS  OF  FIRECRACKERS  SERVE  AS  COVER  FOR  INDISCRIMINATE  FIRING  
            OF  GUNS  BY  BARBARIANS !  IT IS  VERY  HARD TO DISTINGUISH  SOUNDS  OF 
            FIRECRACKERS  FROM  SOUNDS  OF  GUNFIRE. SO, THESE  BARBARIANS  MAY  GET 
            AWAY  AGAIN  AND  CONTINUE  FIRING  NEXT  NEW YEAR  . .  AND  KILL AGAIN.

             LATEST  VICTIM  OF INDISCRIMINATE  FIRING  OF  GUNS  IS  A  7  YEAR  OLD GIRL
             NAMED  STEPHANIE  FROM  CALOOCAN CITY  WHO  DIED  YESTERDAY  WITH A 
             BULLET  IN THE  HEAD.  WHAT  A  WASTE  OF  LIFE !

    ALTHOUGH  SOME  MAYORS  ARE IMPLEMENTING  THE  BAN  ON  FIRECRACKERS, KARAMIHAN  PA RIN SA  MGA MAYORS  AY  TAKOT SA BOTANTE !  TAKOT PA RING  MAWALAN  NG  BOTO  !  DITO  LANG  SA  METRO MANILA, TAHIMIK  NA  TAHIMIK  ANG  MGA  MAYORS   DITO !  AYAW  MAGSALITA  LABAN  SA  FIRECRACKERS !  PARTE  DAW  KASI  YANG  FIRECRACKERS   NG  FILIPINO  CUSTOMS !  KATARANTADUHAN ! THIS  IS  ONE  OF  THE  REASONS  WHY  WE  FILIPINOS  ARE  LAGGING  BEHIND  OUR  NEIGHBORS  IN  THE  ASEAN.  WE ARE  GOOD  ONLY  IN  NON-PRODUCTIVE  UNDERTAKINGS  . . . IN ACTIVITIES  WHICH  HAVE  NO  CONTRIBUTION  TO  NATION  BUILDING.

    IF  THIS  BAN  ON FIRECRACKERS  CANNOT  BE  IMPLEMENTED  BY   THE  LOCAL  OFFICIALS, LET  THEM  BORROW  COURAGE  FROM  FORMER  DAVAO  CITY  MAYOR  RODRIGO  DUTERTE  .  PRESIDENT  NOYNOY  SHOULD  APPOINT  DUTERTE  THE  OVER-ALL  COMMANDER  OF  THE  TASK FORCE  AGAINST  FIRECRAKERS  WITH  ALL  THE  MAYORS  REPORTING UNDER  HIM  INCLUDING  THE  MM MAYORS.

    I AM NOT LOSING HOPE. I AM STILL CALLING ON SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN TO ENACT LAWS BANNING MANUFACTURING/SELLING OF FIRECRACKERS AND CITY / MUNICIPAL COUNCILS TO PASS ORDINANCES BANNING MANUFACTURING/SELLING OF FIRECRACKERS !

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DRM3P22KM7UVOQUIO6FOTVLSSI X44

      Pumili na kc tayo ng leader na may tamang pag iisip. Na may legitimate leading capability. Na ang kapakanan ng tao ang una. Hindi yung namimili ng boto

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NIPR2MWOPGWUNZ4COTAMW7MLKE Mark

      Total Ban is not the solution, maraming mawawalan ng hanapbuhay. Ang isyu dito ay namatay yung bata dahil sa stray bullet na taon taon ay nangyayari. The ff: should be more viable
      1. Mag saturation drive sa mga kahina hinalang lugar (katulad dyan sa North Caloocan City na kung saan naganap yung insidente) kasi maraming loose firearms dyan
      2. Ipagbawal ang alak during New Year to avoid drinking spree at mawalan sa katinuan ang mga ogags thus lessening indiscriminate firing of guns
      3. I mobilize ang mga kapulisan, tanod at maari mag pakalat ng mga watchers at magsumbong sa mga siga siga na nag nag papaputok ng baril or yung mga pinagbabawal na paputok 

  • est

    I still remember a mother crying due to your military adventurism against the government during cory aquino’s term where in her daughter died from a stray bullet while at their own home and then now you are trying to be reelected nakakatawa ka naman i hope people will not vote you ang daming mong napatay inocente

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DRM3P22KM7UVOQUIO6FOTVLSSI X44

    Takot bumanga sa status quo mga leaders ngayon baka mawalan pa ng boto sa next election. Kayo na lang . . . why gamble?

  • WAJ

    This is not a Senate Action nor the House of the representatives. This bill should be taken care by respective municipalities by passing Municipal Ordinances. This is the work of the Mayors.

  • regie

    huwag ng asahan ang mga law enforcers tungkol sa regulation ng firecracker na yan kasi kung able silang ipatupad yan di wlang aksidente. di nga kaya eh. kaya ang dapat total ban sa firecrackers. eh anong karapatan karapatan nilang magpaputok para salubungin ang bagong taon eh ang daming nadidisgrasya tapos sagot ng estado. marami ang ayaw na sa paputok, paandarin ang police power of the state.regulate their liberty to firecracker para sa ikabubuti ng lahat. TOTAL BAN. 

  • 56del_11

    taun taon na lang ganito ang news na madaming nadidisgrasya/namamatay na karamihan ay bata due to indiscriminate firing ng mga trigger happy na walang konsensya. sana tumulad ang mga mayors kay duterte TOTAL BAN sa firecrackers

  • mangtom

    PDI, can you please stop posting this dumb-looking photo of this opportunist senator? Well, any photo of this Punasan is dumb-period.

  • felix1959

    Total ban of fire crackers! Death of Nicole is indirect result of these fire crackers! Sa mga kumokontra sabihin nyo sa harap ng bangkay ng bata!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PAXYC4MCDDVYMG2PDHE5BIUD7U Joseph stahlin

    first of all .. it is the parents…dito nagsisimula ang lahat…sila ang mag-guide ng kanilang .. mga..anak..
    dapat sila ang unag sisihin..what ever happened ..kapag ayaw..pasaway..di..ibitin ng patiwawig…he.. he
    at tungkul naman  kay senador  Honasan.. sir… alin kaya ang mas mabuti…yung security at strategy na lang ng recto bank sa palawan…you arae military man…anong kaya ang mas maganda do-on…ibigay na lang kaya natin yon sa mga intsik…?????

  • DaniloD2D

    We’re simply not doing enough.  We see these horrible incidents happening year after year.  Aside from this belated review of existing and proposed legislation on the manufacture, sale and use of fireworks, Congress must now seriously, urgently consider the passage of a special law which will impose the heaviest penalty possible for willful indiscriminate discharge of firearms, particularly resulting in injuries and loss of lives.  Moreover, the law-enforcement authorities concerned should exert much more efforts, devise truly effective means, to further control the terrible consequences of such totally irresponsible acts committed on New Year’s Eve and identify/apprehend the offenders.  Let not the death of beautiful Nicole be in vain.

  • denzel_alfonso

    Next year ganyan ulit ang scenario, wanna bet?

  • speedstream2

    What is in our psyche that impels us to risk life, limb and property to greet Christmas Day and the New Year with all sorts of firecrackers and guns? With all these, there’s the attendant costs for emergency treatment and medical services.Yet, year in, year out, it’s the same self-fulfilling spectacle seen practically nowhere else in the world. Btw, even in recently disaster-hit areas, where basic necessities are in short-supply, why would people spend scarce hard-earned money to explode firecrackers?

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    kalokohan lang naman yan pag papaputok ng firecrackers..nagsusunog ka lang ng pera dyan..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YOQGNNPLWH3PHXCDXMGN57GDNM Jhon

    TOTAL BAN!  Mahirap talaga i-enforce ang batas na maraming butas.  Ipagbawal na lang lahat.  Kaya sa Davao ay ilang taon nang zero injury dahil sa total ban.  Madaling hulihin kung nagtitinda , may possession o nagpapaputok.  Hindi maitatago ang mga bawal sa ilalim ng mga hindi bawal.  Isa pa, grabe rin ang polusyon na galing sa mga fireworks.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YOQGNNPLWH3PHXCDXMGN57GDNM Jhon

    @Mark — Total ban lang ang solusyon dahil mahirap i-regulate ang industruyang ito.  `Pag pinayagan mo ang isang klase, gagamitin lang `yung para itago ang mga ipinagbabawal na klase. May mawawalan nga ng trabaho pero pwede rin itong mapalitan ng iba pang trabaho (halimbawa sa pag-gawa ng torotot at iba pang pangpa-ingay).  Isa pa, mahirap gamitin ang iilang trabaho (na karamihan ay underpaid na menor de edad) bilang dahilan para  ipagpatuloy ang taunang sunog, aksidente at polusyon na dulot ng mga paputok.

  • TUMBOKIN

    A total ban on fireworks is overkill.
     Certainly this would work  but  what we need is regulation and strict enforcement of the existing law. 
    If they are truly and genuily concerned about the welfare of the people along with fireworks a total ban on smoking, alcohol, junk foods, sodium nitrate  motorcycles , etc etc.
    In my honest opinion they cant ban them en toto for the simple reason of INCOME GENERATION TAX!… Hay Pilipinas kong mahal… all bark no bite

  • sanjuan683

    hehehehehe tagal muna nakaupo sa senado ngayon ka lang magrereview. Tumigil ka na kapag may nangyayari saka ka lang nagbabalak. Huli na maraming na nasasaktan.

  • macobex

    Si Duterte kasi, MAY BAYAG kaya nagawa niya ang TOTAL FIRECRACKER BAN sa Davao City! Kita niyo ngayon mga Dabawenyo, BUMEBELAT na lang sa mga naputukan.

    Palibahasa kasi ang lahat ng ibang politiko sa Pinas, mga BAYOT!!!

  • generalproblem

    madali lang naman yan eh. bakit di natin ipagbawal ang pagpapagamot sa lahat ng ospital sa mga nasabugan ng paputok. kaya madami nagpapaputok kasi meron ospital na gagamot sa kanila pag naputukan sila subukan mo na wag sila i admit ewan ko lang kung magpaputok pa sila.

  • TEAM PNOY

    Ma EPAL naman itong nasaan na ito! Pagkatapos ng isang lingo, makakalimutan na naman itong review at walang mangyayari until next dec uli!

    Action na pag ayaw mong tawagin na ma epal!

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