New Year Revelry in Zamboanga Peninsula ‘Generally Peaceful’

Written by RPIO9 Media Center on . Posted in News Release

Camp Col Romeo A Abendan, Zamboanga City – Police Regional Office 9 announced that the New Year Celebration of 2020 in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula was generally peaceful as it recorded zero cases for stray bullet, indiscriminate firing and firecracker-related incidents during the New Year celebration in the region.   

PBGEN Ronaldo Genaro E Ylagan, PRO9 Regional Director, attributed the achievement to the intensified implementation of security and public safety campaign launched by the police all over the region through its Ligtas Paskuhan 2020, a comprehensive plan designed to minimize crimes and incidents during the Yuletide season.

Based on the consolidated report “Ligtas Paskuhan 2020” of PRO9 operation center as January 1, 2021, it recorded negative incident of stray bullet, indiscriminate firing, and fire or burning incident due to firecrackers including reported major injuries in relation to use of firecrackers.

PBGEN Ylagan attributed such achievement to the step up implementation of RA 7183 known as “An Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, Distribution and Use of Firecrackers and other Pyrotechnic Devices”, wherein a total of 6 Illegal Possession/use/sale of firecrackers incidents were registered in Zamboanga City and Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay with more than 1, 986 pieces and packs of firecrackers such as five star, Judas belts, rockets (kwitis), piccolo, sticks of seven colors and among others amounting to Php522,270 were confiscated by the police.

He also announced that not one among the 8, 000 policemen under the Police Regional Office 9 were found to have fired his service firearms during the New Year’s revelry. Earlier, the PNP hierarchy implemented the no taping of gun muzzles of every PNP personnel nationwide.

Meanwhile, PBGEN Ronaldo Genaro E Ylagan acknowledged the support and cooperation of general public throughout the region in the realization of peaceful and injury free New Year celebration. (PRO9-PIO)