PNP urges public to cooperate vs. indiscriminate firing
MANILA, Dec. 29 (PNA) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday renewed its call for public cooperation in the campaign against indiscriminate firing, especially during the New Year revelry.
PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa appealed to the public and to fellow PNP personnel not to use guns in welcoming the New Year due to threats to life and property.
Dela Rosa thus coined two more Commandments against indiscriminate firing. These are the following:
— 11th Commandment: “Thou shall not fire thy guns indiscriminately as it may hit, kill and injure thy neighbor”, and
— 12th Commandment: “If thy neighbor fires his gun indiscriminately, though shall make sure to take photos and videos to be reported to the PNP and uploaded.”
The PNP urged the public to cooperate with the police by reporting any incident of indiscriminate firing of guns or use of prohibited firecrackers.
By using mobile phones, the public can document gun holders who will fire their weapons indiscriminately and immediately provide authorities of such information so that the police can quickly act on the violation.
They can report to the police through nationwide emergency hotline 911 or through PNP social media accounts, @pnphotline for twitter or thru the official account of Philippine National Police in facebook and assures speedy response to any complaints.
Likewise, Dela Rosa reminded all police commanders of the operational guidelines and procedures to be undertaken in maintaining order, law enforcement, and in providing public safety services during the Yuletide season especially on New Year’s eve.
The PNP chief reiterated earlier orders for enhanced security operations before, during and after the observance of the traditional Yuletide Holiday Season as expected to cause influx of people in shopping mall, churches, transport terminals and other public places.
The operational guidelines for “Ligtas Paskuhan 2016” involve police presence, focused law enforcement operations, target hardening, police community partnership and information operations.
Dela Rosa said the police presence will be intensified through increased foot and mobile patrol operations and deployment of Route Safety Marshalls in areas and times where and when they are most needed.
Police Assistance Hubs will also be established in places of convergence. (PNA)