MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) recorded 26 stray bullet incidents during the 2013 holiday season.
PNP Spokesman Wilber Mayor said that nationwide, from the period of December 16 until today, January 1, 2014, 25 persons have been injured by stray bullets, while one individual – a baby – has died.
Parañaque Police Chief Supt. Ariel Andrade identified one of the victims as 12-year-old Rosami Deruta, who was watching fireworks outside her home in Unida, Parañaque when she felt an injury to her right arm.
Her aunt took her to a nearby hospital, where she was treated and eventually sent home.
“Nakaramdam ‘yung bata ng masakit sa kanang braso, nakakita siya ng dugo,” Andrade said. “Yun na, nagpunta sa kaniyang auntie na may dugo sa braso niya, dinala kaagad sa ospital.”
“Yung bala, slug ay na-recover sa bata. Tantiya ko ito ay parang sa .45. Isa-submit sa crime laboratory, posibleng malaman kung lisensiyado man ‘yung baril na ‘yun,” he added.
Andrade said that despite the efforts of the PNP to curb indiscriminate firing of firearms, many still irresponsibly fire their guns for leisure.
The recovered slug will be tested at the PNP Crime Laboratory as part of the investigation.
Rosamia is now back at her home with a bandage on her arm, but her aunt Carmina wants the perpetrator to be held accountable.
“Sana po sumuko na lang rin po para makatulong sa ginastos namin,” she said. “Nasa dalawang libo rin po kasi, may maintenance pang gamot.”
Mayor, however, will not conclude yet that there were fewer stray bullet incidents this year because they will continue monitoring until tomorrow, January 2.
“Last year, 40 ang stray bullet incidents,” said Mayor. “Actually, hindi pa tayo humihinto sa pag-monitor. Last year, ang period covered ay from December 16 to January 2, so we can compare the data bukas as against last year.”
“As of this time, 26 ang nakuha naming report sa National Operations Center. January 1 pa lang ngayon, hopefully, sana wala ng dumating,” he added.
The PNP has no idea yet if the stray bullet incidents are caused by loose or licensed firearms. They also have no information yet if arrests or convictions have been made, since these incidents are still under investigation.
The PNP deployed units to make the rounds and issue warnings to communities about stray bullets. Mayor, however, calls on the public to be more vigilant by using their cellphones to document on video and submit possible evidence.(MNS)