Banned Firecrackers; PNP’s Gun Muzzle Taping on December 2013 in Preparation for Christmas and New Year

MANILA, Philippines – The PNP has previously released the list of banned firecrackers for 2012, and apparently, this list applies to 2013, as well, because there are no new announcements on the PNP’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts, to date. Meanwhile, the annual muzzle taping of the guns of the PNP in Davao occurred on December 23, 2013.

According to the PNP:

“The muzzle taping of firearms is done to make sure that the issued firearms of PNP personnel are not used other than in the performance of their sworn duties as law enforcers.”

Gun Muzzle taping of police officers’ guns nationwide occurs every Christmas and New Year, because of past incidences of stray bullets causing death of innocent victims.

Image credit: PNP/Facebook

Here is the December 2012 list of banned firecrackers as posted on the PNP’s official Facebook account:

“Panawagan ng PNP sa publiko, Wag tangkilikin ang mga sumusunod na paputok;

Watusi or “dancing firecrackers”
Super Lolo and Atomic Big Trianggulo
Mother Rockets
Lolo Thunder
Big Judah’s belt
Big Bawang
Goodbye Philippines and its other variations like Bin Laden and Coke-in-can
Atomic Bomb
Five Star
Giant Whistle Bomb
mga walang tatak at imported firecrackers”

Lately, however, enterprising business persons had changed some of the names of the firecrackers, to Pacquiao, Trillanes, Goodbye bading, Ampatuans, Goodbye Gloria, Yolanda, and the like.

DILG sectretary Mar Roxas has, reportedly, ordered all LGUs to ban firecrackers, and the PNP to be on the lookout for firecracker manufacturers, and violators of the firecracker ban.

The PNP discovered a new method by which firecracker sellers advertise their goods – through text messaging, and other social media venues. The PNP warns the public of selling and buying these banned firecrackers. A sanction of six (6) months to one year, and a fine of up to P20, 000 await the violators of this firecracker ban.

Indiscriminate firing of guns during Christmas and New Year would incur heavier sanctions.

Reportedly, a total ban on the sales of firecrackers has been implemented in some cities, such as, Davao and Baguio City.

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