2019 holiday season revelries ‘safest, most uneventful’ -PNP

2019 holiday season revelries ‘safest, most uneventful’ -PNP

Its another record breaking feat by the current administration, as there were no recorded deaths and injuries from stray bullets and illegal discharge of firearms, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac thanked the public for the generally peaceful and orderly observance of the holiday season that ushered in the year 2020.

“We are grateful that the people heeded our call to shun the age-old tradition of welcoming the new year with dangerous firecrackers and gunfire that has resulted in death and injuries in previous years,” Banac said
 PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac
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“Based on PNP records, the 2019 probably goes down in history as the safest and most uneventful observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays that posted zero death,” he stressed.
As per PNP Command Center, it recorded a total of 324 holiday-incidents nationwide involving firecrackers, stray bullets, and illegal discharge of firearms since Dec. 16, 2019.
“As of the first working hour of New Year’s Day, the PNP recorded only 81 firecracker-related injuries, mostly self-injuries by violators of the firecracker ban,” Banac said.

The PNP said although there were three reported stray bullet incidents, these did not result in injuries while seven persons were reported injured in 21 separate cases of illegal discharge of firearms.

“It should be noteworthy that the 324 incidents recorded in 2019 pales in comparison with the 798 recorded in 2018,” said Banac.
The PNP attributed the decrease to the successful information drive and awareness campaign on the adverse effects of the use of prohibited firecrackers.

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