DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 2 Jan) – Despite the warning issued to Dabawenyos to heed the 15-year-old firecracker ban, police arrested four violators in three separate incidents during the New Year revelry here.
The first incident, involving a minor in Brgy. Crossing Bayabas in Toril, took place around 10 p.m.
At 12:45 a.m. of New Year’s Day, Angel Suico, 20, single, and a 17-year-old female, also residents of Brgy. Crossing Bayabas, were arrested by monitoring policemen. The two were caught lighting a piccolo firecracker along Brgy. Lubogan Road. Recovered from the violators were18 pieces of piccolo.
At 1 a.m., Patrick Ian Del Rosario, a 20-year-old student and resident of Purok 3 in Toril, was caught red-handed while lighting a piccolo.
Last Christmas, police arrested Jun Blasquez, 35, and Rogelio Polancos, 32, who set off three pieces of piccolo at Garden Villas in Catalunan Grande.
City Ordinance No. 060 prohibits “manufacture, sale, distribution, possession, or use of firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices.”
Under Section 3, P1,000 or imprisonment of not more than one month, or both shall be imposed on first time offenders; P3,000 or imprisonment of not more than three months, or both, on second time offenders; and P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months but not less than three months will be imposed on third time offenders.
The ordinance was passed in 2002 but Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered the banning of firecrackers Christmas of 2001.
Duterte, who is the standard bearer of Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP-Laban), said he would make the local ordinance a national policy if he becomes president.
Police were also assigned to monitor the local markets to check on illegal vendors of firecrackers.