The Philippine National Police (PNP) has arrested five suspects in connection with eight separate cases of illegal discharge of firearms and indiscriminate firing of guns in different regions of the country.
Likewise, four suspects are under investigation, including two PNP personnel identified as PO1 Arthur Malayo, assigned at the Saranggani Provincial Public Safety Company, and PO1 Ronel Pantig from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
"I no longer need to warn or remind PNP personnel from firing their guns indiscriminately because each and every PNP member is assumed to be discerning of how to properly conduct himself whether on or off duty," said PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Tuesday.
"On the other hand, every PNP member is duty bound to take swift and decisive police action against any person who shall violate the law, more so if the offender is a fellow police officer," he added.
The PNP chief said the criminal act of indiscriminate firing of guns by persons in authority is the height of arrogance and indiscipline that has no place in the police service.
He added that the PNP rules and regulations are very specific against any misconduct or breach of discipline by police personnel while existing laws provide stiff penalties against violators of Republic Act No. 10591.
Report from the PNP-National Operations Center showed there were three injuries in separate stray-bullet incidents in Central Visayas and Central Mindanao as of Monday despite the stern warning against indiscriminate firing and celebratory gunfire during the holiday revelry.
Stray bullet victims were identified as Alex Cabanga from General Santos City and Alan Cagadas and Philip Rocalles both from Cebu City.
On the other hand, a Police Commissioned Officer died in an encounter with suspects involved in illegal discharge of firearms in Cebu.
Source: Philippines Information Agency