Jan 052015
The Philippine National Police on Monday revealed that there were at least 62 stray bullet incidents during the just-concluded holiday season, resulting in 44 reported injuries and one death.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor disclosed to GMA News via text that the incidents were recorded from December 16, 2014 to January 5, 2015.

The lone fatality in the bullet stray cases is 11-year-old Jercy Decym Buenafe of Tabaday, Abra.  She was hit by a stray bullet while she and her family were watching the festivities outside their house.

The National Capital Region had the most stray bullet incidents at 18, followed by Western Visayas with 13.

With the number of victims being hit by stray bullets during New Year revelries on the rise, the PNP admitted that its efforts to stop the practice of indiscriminate firing have not been enough.

The police vowed to intensify its campaign against loose firearms, which it said are commonly used by suspects in indiscriminate firing.

Meanwhile, the police arrested a total of 17 individuals for illegal discharge of firearms during the holidays: seven policemen, six civilians and four security guards.

The police recorded a total of 25 illegal discharge of firearms as of Monday morning.

The PNP has also confiscated 129,795 firecrackers and arrested 57 individuals for selling prohibited firecrackers.

The police tallied 115 injuries due to firecrackers and eight cases of fire incidents. The number of casualties from fire totaled to seven, with four persons injured and three others dead. — BM, GMA News

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