Police search for balikbayan for indiscriminate firing

January 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment


DAGUPAN CITY – The city police is hunting a 54-year old balikbayan from Italy whom his neighbor accused of indiscriminate firing twice – at around 9 o’clock in the evening at 12:00 am of January 1.
Sr. Supt. Cris Abrahano, city police chief, said the resident of Diamond Village in barangay Pantal went missing after the police came to his house at around 12:30 upon receiving a call from a complainant.
Found at his yard were six empty shells with 8 mm markings, but the police were not able to identify the gun yet.
“We will be filing a case of alarm and scandal against him but we are still looking for additional complainants,” Abrahano said.
The police would still subject the empty shells to ballistic examination and  find out if he the suspect, a new resident of the village, is in the list of legal firearms holders.
“We hope there more complainants will come forward or he would go scot-free and do it again,” he said.
The city police listed seven victims of firecrackers as of seven in the morning, but are expecting more patients to be brourout are expecting more patients to be firecrackers as of seven in the morningal firearms holder, and we are still looking for ght to the hospital during the day, especially young children who pick unlit firecrackers which exploded in their hands.
Firecrackers vendors were located in front of the West Central Elementary School to better monitor them, police said.
In front of the stalls selling firecrackers and pyrotechnics along a street here are buckets of water and sand, while under the tables are fire extinguishers. There is also a conspicuously-displayed sign that says “No Smoking.”
“These are what we are required to do to prevent fire accidents,” Veronica Lopez, 58, a stall owner, said.
On December 29, sale of the firecrackers wass still slow, but the vendors are optimistic that on the afternoon of the 30th up to early evening of the 31st, their commodities would sell as fast as these are lighted during the New Year’s revelry on the first hour of the New Year.
Through the years, the sale of firecrackers is going lower, Lopez, who claimed to have been in the retail of firecrackers since she was a young girl, said.
This could be because of the stricter laws governing the industry, which include attending a fireworks training seminar for firecracker dealers, manufacturers and retailers conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) before they could get a license to operate their business.
They also have to get a mayor’s permit and clearances from the court, police and the barangay, Lopez said.
Because of the requirements which entailed expenses, many former retailers were no longer able to operate this year, with their number dwindling from 42 last year to only 27 this year.

“We need around P5,000 to comply with the requirements, including seminar fee, fares and fees for the permits, Eva Manalo, 43, said.
Vendors who did not have the necessary permits were not given stalls, she said.
The sale likewise plummeted when the vendors were no longer allowed to sell at the downtown proper and were relocated in another street a block away from downtown.
“They said firecrackers are dangerous so we were relocated far from many people, although there had been no fire accidents in the past years,” Lopez said.
On display at the stalls are rapid or sawa which is made of 500 or 1,000 -one star triangles stringed together, whistle bombs, fountains, luces, and fireworks.
Everything would be sold out before New Year, with the prices plunging as every hour, then every minute, ticks towards January 1, Lopez said.

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