Christmas, New Year revelries in Zambo. Sur generally peaceful, says ZSPPO chief

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By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, Jan.5 (PIA) – The Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office (ZSPPO) on Monday said Christmas and New Year revelries were generally peaceful even if it had recorded one stray bullet-related injury.

In an interview with ZSPPO provincial director Police Senior Superintendent (PSSupt.) Michael Nicolas, he said the assessment was based on the number of firecracker and stray bullet incidents recorded since Dec. 16.

“The PNP tallied only one stray bullet-related incident from Dec. 16, 2015 to January 1, 2016. We are grateful that only one person injured due to stray bullet,” Nicolas reported.

On the first day of the New Year, Enecito Cano, 45, a resident of barangay Bulatoc was accidentally hit by a stray bullet on his left foot middle finger and was brought immediately to Pagadian Doctor’s Hospital for treatment.

Nicolas said the recovered slug was submitted to the Provincial Crime Laboratory for forensic examination and analysis to identify the owner of gun.

“The investigators of the city police and the provincial command are jointly working to determine and check the slug’s trajectory and to identify the owner of the gun,” Nicolas pointed out.

Meanwhile, “Iwas Paputok” campaign coordinator Joey Quipot of the City Heath Office (CHO) here reported that a two-year old Aldren Sayson of barangay Limbayan, Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur was treated at the CHO, as he was reportedly hit by a stray on his left hand at 12:10 a.m. last Jan. 1. He was the only victim of a stray bullet recorded by the CHO during the New Year revelry.

In another development, Nicolas bared that a simultaneous removal of the tapes from firearm muzzles at Camp Abelon was done Monday morning after the flag raising ceremonies.

Nicolas noticed that the tapes on the muzzles of firearms were not destroyed, an indication that the policemen strictly adhered to the directive from the PNP higher headquarters not to illegally discharge firearms during holiday season.

The PNP officials sealed the muzzles of service firearms last Dec. 14 to prevent any PNP personnel to fire their guns during the nationwide revelry to welcome the New Year.

“I extolled my men for strictly adhering to the order from the higher headquarters. No one from among the personnel fired their guns during Christmas and New Year’s revelries,” Nicolas said adding “the policemen were not granted leave for the December holidays and the entire police force was in full alert status.”

The PNP chief attributed the successful celebration of Christmas and New Year celebrations to the local chief executives and residents for their active support.

He also thanked the chiefs of police in the 26 municipalities of the province for their active support in making the Christmas and New Year celebrations peaceful.

Nicolas, however, urged the public to report to the police if they have witnessed an incident of indiscriminate firing during the New Year's Eve revelry.