PNP urges citizen’s arrest to violators of stricter policies for firecracker use and sale

Philippine National Police (PNP) is urging netizens to report whoever violates President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order (E.O.) 28 that imposes stricter policies for firecracker use and sale. The PNP also said that Filipinos can conduct a citizen’s arrest to E.O.28 violators, if they can.

A citizen’s arrest is an arrest made by a person who is not acting as a sworn law-enforcement official.

They need the people to initiate a citizen’s arrest the moment they witness someone lighting firecrackers at prohibited areas like in front or even inside a residential fence, according to P/Supt. Roland Velilo of PNP Firearms and Experience Office.

Under the E.O. 28, the sale of firecrackers is not completely prohibited (although some small firecrackers were banned years ago like Piccolo), but the amount of gunpowder/explosive compound should not exceed 3/4 of a tablespoon.

Also, the local government will designate a public/common area where these firecrackers will be allowed to be set off, where authorities, ambulances and medical teams will be stationed.

Only light-emitting types of pyrotechnic devices like sparklers and fountains are allowed in residential areas.

A penalty of six months – one year and a 20,000-peso fine will be given to violators of EO 28.

The Department of Health targets zero firecracker-related injuries this coming New Year’s celebration. The question is, will there be ligaw-na-bala [stray bullet] incidents this New Year? We’re hoping for the best.

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