PNP, AFP appeal to Muslims against firing guns during end of Ramadhan
by Bobby Ilupa
Islamic City of Marawi (6 September) -- It has been a tradition here and in the province of Lanao del Sur that many Muslim police / military and civilians fire their guns to signal the end of the month long fasting in Ramadhan.
As this developed, the local police and military officials are appealing to all concerned against firing their guns during the celebration of Eid'l Fitr.
In an interview with Radyo ng Bayan, Lanao del Sur Provincial Police Office Acting Director Police Superintendent Cosanie Derogongan said he is going to direct his Chiefs of Police to help in the campaign against the firing of guns during the celebration to avoid hitting innocent civilians.
In the past celebrations, several civilians have reported that roofs of their houses bore holes after bullets from the sky fell on them.
There was even a case where a student was hit on his head by a bullet that fell from the sky.
Derogongan appealed to all concerned not to disturb the peace and the merrymaking by indiscriminately firing their guns at the end of Ramadhan this coming September 9 or 10.
In a separate interview, army?s 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander General Rey Ardo also made a similar appeal.
Ardo said he believes that the firing of guns is not part of the revelry nor a religious practice in as far as Ramadhan is concerned.
It will also be recalled that during the first days of Ramadhan last August, Supt. Derogongan also led the campaign against firecrackers here.
This, after residents complained that firecrackers were disturbing their evening prayers in the mosques.
Said campaign resulted in the confiscation of several thousands of pesos worth of firecrackers. (PBS-DXSO Radyo ng Bayan Marawi) [top]