Duterte to order nationwide ban on firecrackers

Marje Pelayo   •   January 11, 2019   •   2228

Fire cracker seller | Photo courtesy: Cheryl Ravelo-Gagalac/Reuters

BULACAN, Philippines – Soon, there will be no firecrackers and fireworks to be allowed, for individual use or local government sponsored.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (January 10) said he will order a nationwide firecracker ban by issuing another executive order subject to review by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“I will issue the executive order at this early para warning na doon sa lahat that I am banning firecracker all together. Wala yan sa gobyerno. Kasi sabihin man ng mga gago, “Kita mo itong gobyerno, kung sila ang magpa-firework pwede. Tayo hindi.” Ganyan ang Pilipino. Wala na, kagaya sa Davao, tahimik,” the President said during the turnover of housing units to several wounded-in-action (WIA) soldiers, wounded-in-police-operation (WIPO) police officers, and local government unit (LGU) beneficiaries at the Pleasant View Residences in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

“Bakit ako papayag? Maski isang bata lang mawalan ng kamay? So as a president, why would I allow it? Sarahan natin. That’s the last chapter,” he added.

The President also belied superstitious claims that firecrackers and fireworks drive away evil spirits.

“Iyang firecracker, do not believe na paalisin mo ang devil,” the President said.

Based on the latest count of the Department of Health (DOH), incidents of firecracker-related injuries dropped by 34% during the holiday period covering December 21, 2018 to January 5, 2019 as compared to the same period in 2017.

It was in June 20, 2017 when President Duterte signed executive order 28 that regulated the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices and only licensed individuals are allowed. The order also allowed community fireworks display only in designated places sponsored by the local government.

Meanwhile, UNTV has been a long-time advocate of firecracker ban especially during year-end festivities.

Kasi may ibang mga lugar, pinagmamagaling pa nila na gumagastos sila ng let’s say something like US$200,000. Gagastos ka halimbawa ng US$100,000. Magkano na iyon sa peso?” noted UNTV’s CEO, Kuya Daniel Razon.

“Anong ibig sabihin? Maraming nagugutom. Maraming mga hindi kumakain. Maraming nao-ospital na walang pampagamot. Maraming nangangailangan na pampa-dialysis. Maraming mga nangangailangan na makikita mo sa kalye na wala silang anoman (na) pinaputok lang naman natin,” he added.

“Hindi ba sa Davao, may total ban sila diyan na ginagawa? Ang sa atin kasi dapat ang pagpapaputok ng firecrackers, dapat iyan ang nage-execute, kung may i-a-allow man halimbawa…Gusto nila magpa-install, magpalagay. Kung may i-a-allow man iyong may technical know-how na nagse-set up talaga. Hindi dapat i-allow ang nagpapaputok ka ng solo-solo o whatever. Hindi,” Kuya Daniel concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to attend Japan Emperor enthronement

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte will fly to Japan on Monday (October 21) to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday (October 22).

Naruhito ascended to the throne on May 1 this year after his father, former Emperor Akihito abdicated a day before due to health reasons. Akihito is the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years.

This will be Duterte’s fourth visit to Japan. The Chief Executive also said Japan is among the countries that continue to provide aid to the Philippines.

The Palace has provided no further details on the said trip.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Palace on Duterte’s motorcycle accident: ‘Nothing to worry about’

Marje Pelayo   •   October 17, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Bong Go confirmed on Thursday (October 17) that President Rodrigo Duterte figured in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday night while doing rounds inside Malacañang complex.

But Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo explained that the President has already parked his motorcycle when he fell off the vehicle.

“The President was reaching for his shoe when he fell off his motorcycle that resulted in a minor injury, particularly light bruises and slight scratches, to his elbow and knee,” Panelo said.

According to Panelo, the President is now resting in his official residence.

“We assure our people that the President is fine, and his recovery entails no major medical procedure,” the Palace spokesperson concluded.

NCRPO records low crime rate in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2019

Newly promoted policemen stand in formation during a mass promotion ceremony at the police headquarters in Taguig City, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 March 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has recorded a low crime rate in Metro Manila from July 2016 to September 2019.

According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar there were 49,835 crime incidents recorded from July 2016 to September 2019 which is 62 percent lower compared to the 131,839 crime incidents recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.

However, based on the NCRPO records, murder cases increased by 60 percent. From July 2016 to September 2019, murder cases increased by 4,295 compared with the 2,682 cases recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.

Eleazar said the increase in the murder cases is due to the illegal drug campaign of the government.

“Dahil sa ating campaign against illegal drugs. Ito’y mga sindikatong nagpapatayan dahil they want to silence ang mga members ng syndicates (It is because of our campaign against illegal drugs. There are syndicates who are killing each other because they want to silence syndicate members),” he said.

Meanwhile, the number of cases in homicide, physical injury, rape, theft, and robbery decreased.

Eleazar is confident crime rate will continue to decline.

“Kasi sa city ordinances naiiwasan natin iyong mga petty crimes. At kapag naiwasan iyan ay maiiwasan din natin ang mga serious crimes to happen— nagiging effective ang ating crime prevention, (Because in city ordinances, petty crimes are prevented. And once it is prevented, we can also prevent serious crimes to happen)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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