4 cops nabbed for firing guns on New Year's Eve
MANILA – Four cops have been arrested for allegedly firing their guns on New Year's Eve.
In an interview on "Umagang Kay Ganda" on Thursday, Philippine National Police Public Information Chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said one of the four cops is also being considered a suspect for injuring a civilian in one of the recorded stray bullet cases.
“Wala pa kaming detalye [kung ilan ang legitimate gun owners sa stray bullet incidents] pero 37 ang naaresto, of which apat ang pulis at isa ang suspect sa stray bullet victim,” he said.
Sindac said the policemen are now in restrictive custody and are facing possible dismissal if they are proven guilty.
“Under arrest sila, sila ay isasailalim sa summary dismissal procedure kapag napatunayan na sila ay nagpaputok indiscriminately. That is the maximum penalty without prejudice sa criminal cases nila,” he said.
“Medyo mahirap nga patunayan ito pero pero talagang masusing pagtitiyagagan dapat ito ng ating kapulisan. They will have to identify the slug, connect with the firearm and connect firearm to the owner,” Sindac added.
The PNP has so far recorded a total of 28 injuries due to stray bullets, with one leading to death.
Sindac said this number is slightly down compared to last year.
The PNP, meantime, has recorded 130 cases of injuries from firecracker use.
Despite these figures, Sindac said the holiday revelries this year could be considered generally peaceful.
“Ang buong pagdiriwang natin ng Pasko at Bagong Taon ay naging generally peaceful on a national level. Aside from those isolated cases, naging mapayapa naman,” he said.