PNP orders crackdown on illegal firecrackers

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    PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa has ordered a crackdown on illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnics to reduce deaths and injuries associated with the banned items, during the holiday season.

    Gamboa directed the PNP Civil Security Group and police regional offices to launch “early police operations” to strictly enforce Executive Order No. 28, series of 2017, which regulates and controls the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnics.

    EO 28 gives more teeth to Republic Act. No. 7183 that prohibits the importation, manufacture, distribution, and use of illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

    “Enough is enough, many lives and limbs have been lost as a result of reckless and indiscriminate use of dangerous firecrackers,” said PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, explaining Gamboa’s order.

    “Perhaps it is high time for our people to rethink the value of this traditional practice and weigh it against personal safety, comfort and public health,” he added.

    Banac said there is actually a downward trend in the number of firecracker injuries in the past four years but “the practice of this traditional dangerous holiday revelry still persists.”