PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
No mercy for uniformed men, civilians involved in indiscriminate firing of guns--Robredoby Jerome Carlo R. Paunan
MANILA, Jan. 17 (PIA) -- At least 10 police, military and civilians who defied the government’s campaign against indiscriminate firing of guns during the holidays now face charges as Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo vowed to impose the full might of the law against them.
“I am not going to tolerate those who indiscriminately fired their guns before, after and during the holidays, particularly police officers who defied our ban. Once investigation results indicate we have prima facie cases against them, they will be dismissed from the service,” Robredo said.
To military personnel involved in indiscriminate firing, Robredo said he would recommend their dismissal to the Department of National Defense and Armed Forces of the Philippines while civilians, aside from filing of criminal charges, will be deprived of their privilege to own and possess guns.
For the period December 1, 2011 to January 1, 2012, at least 10 persons have been arrested for indiscriminate firing, and they include two police officers, one Army soldier, a security guard, and six other civilians.
The uniformed men arrested and charged criminally by the PNP were identified as Police Officers 2 Fulgencio Sideco of the Manila Police and Efren Dimaiwat of Training Service; and Army Cpl. Reynolds Reyes.
The others were security guard Noel Briones from Region 7; Edgar Sedino from Region 10; Anselmo Masangcay from Anilao, Batangas; Benedicto Salamatin from Laguna; and three others whose names were not disclosed pending the filing of charges against them.
Suspect Salamatin and Masangcay reportedly fired their guns indiscriminately during the New Years’ eve celebration while the rest fired their guns on separate occasions from December 21 to 31, 2011.
The 9mm unlicensed firearm of Salamatin has been confiscated and the suspect was subjected to inquest proceedings for illegal possession of firearms and illegal discharge of firearms.
Masangcay, on the other hand, was arrested by the Mabini town PNP men in Batangas for indiscriminately firing his gun on New Year’s eve.
He admitted firing his gun and was brought to Mabini PNP office for investigation and filing of charges. The local police had written a recommendation for the revocation of his firearm license.
On reports that there were 18 people that were hit by stray bullets, Robredo directed Bartolome to order his field investigators to gather evidences such as bullet slugs from the victims and subject them to ballistics test to determine, if possible, on whose firearms they were fired from.
“The PNP Crime Lab has the Integrated Ballistics Identification System equipment which can compare the slugs to the ballistics records of licensed firearms the PNP Firearms and Explosives Division has on file,” he said. (DILG/RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)