POLICE OFFICERS in Western Visayas were warned against firing their guns, especially in welcoming the New Year.
For Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 director, he trusts police officers in the region to follow his directives sans the traditional taping of gun muzzles to discourage indiscriminate gun discharges during New Year’s Eve revelry.
“We all know that we will not be doing the usual taping of muzzle of the guns but I trust that you are professional policemen and responsible people and you will not use your firearms to cause indiscriminate firing that will endanger the lives of our community, of our people,” Bulalacao said.
Bulalacao urged the police force to remain “active” and continue with law enforcement efforts to maintain peace and order in all parts of the region.
He said that as far as he could recall, there has been no case of indiscriminate firing recorded in the region last year.
“We are hoping to maintain this, that is why I am also hoping the policemen here in Western Visayas will remain disciplined,” he said in an interview.
Police officers have been on full alert and were not allowed to go on leave for the entire Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
Only PRO-6 personnel performing administrative functions will be allowed to go on leave, Bulalacao said.
“We are really on alert and ready to face them (communist rebels) in case they initiate offensive activities on police and military operations,” he said.
Bulalacao said they have already activated “Oplan Ligtas Paskuhan” last Dec 16, 2018 to ensure that law and order is maintained throughout the region during the Yuletide season.
Despite the holiday season, he said they are continuing their regular enforcement operations by increasing police presence through the setting up of police assistance desks in areas where people converge, for instance malls and churches.
“We have also deployed road safety marshals, like mobile patrols,” he added.
Bulalacao said they intensified their campaign against loose firearms, noting that the search for unlicensed firearms is ongoing in the entire region.
“We launched this in line with our aim to ensure that there will be no indiscriminate firing on Christmas and New Year,” he said. (PNA)