Miriam P. Aquino
SAN FERNANDO CITY – La Union Police officials have unsealed the gun muzzles of service firearms that were previously taped which ensured gun-free celebrations in the province.
The La Union Police Provincial Office also destroyed illegal firecrackers that were confiscated from various points in the province.
Senior Supt. Ramon Rafael, La Union police director, commended police officers for supporting the campaign against indiscriminate firing during the Holiday season.
Reports showed that La Union was the only province in the Ilocos which had no incidents of injuries or deaths caused by stray bullets as residents welcomed the New Year.
“This is a great indication that our campaign against illegal discharge of firearms is successful,” Rafael said last January 2 when he led the unmasking of taped guns.
Police reports, however, showed 50 firecracker-related injuries in the province.
The seized items included 249 small boxes of pop-pop, 10 small boxes of piccolo, 18 packs of five star, 16 pieces of whistle bomb, 81 pieces of assorted firecrackers, 1,000 pieces of five star, 50 pieces baby rocket, 201 pieces of kwitis and 50 pieces of unlabeled dynamite.
Rafael noted that more residents also refrained from using illegal firecrackers in support of the government’s campaign for zero-casualty Holidays. (MCA/MPA/PIA1 La Union with PIO-LUPPO