Number of victims from stray bullets rises to 10–PNP
MANILA, Philippines–With a few days more before the New Year, the Philippine National Police said Saturday the number of victims from stray bullets rose to 10.
Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said that as of 12 noon, three people have been wounded in Metro Manila, two in Region 4A, one in Region 5, two in Region 6, one in Cordillera, and another in Region 12 since December 16.
The victims were identified as Francisco Salazar (hit in the left foot), Ginalyn Soncio 32 (hit in the left arm), Donna Padol (hit in the nose), Roberto Mariano Jr. (hit in the right leg), Jay Abuniawan (hit in the right arm), Deo Tam-og, (hit in the leg), Rommel Geroy (hit in the left leg), Myra Medrano (hit in the leg), Jestoni Obrador (hit in the middle toe), and Ricardo Garbin (hit in the feet).
Abuniawan and Obrador are minors aged 17, and 13, respectively.
Mayor also said that in all 68 reported incidents, 40 were injured from firecrackers.
The PNP called on the public to immediately report cases of indiscriminate firing especially as the New Year celebration draws closer.
“Kung meron po kayong mga dudang mga kunwari mga nag iinuman dyan sa kalsada at may tendency magbaril please pakiusap lang po bago mangyari na sila magpapaputok ireport na natin sa pulis para macheck natin agad,” PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima said.
(If there is a group of people having a drinking session and you have a feeling that they might fire a gun, please report it immediately to the police so we can have it checked.)
He said the public may report cases of indiscriminate firing at the nearest police station in their area, or may also text the information at 0917-847-5757.