Wednesday, December 6, 2017
ILOILO City – Police chiefs who will fail to solve cases involving stray bullets during the holidays will be relieved.
This “one-strike policy” is part of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) campaign for zero stray bullet incidents, the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) said.
The PNP has issued a Nov. 7 memo that “pertains to the operational guidelines, procedures and activities in the conduct of security coverage to be undertaken by PNP units and offices during the observance of the Yuletide season” this year.
“The one-strike policy regarding any death or injury resulting from indiscriminate firing on Christmas and New Year’s days will be implemented on all commanders and police chiefs,” read part of the memo. “They will be relieved if the case is not solved within 24 hours.”
All provincial and city directors, unit commanders and police station chiefs have been informed about the policy, said Superintendent Gilbert Gorero, PRO-6 spokesperson.
Gorero said the PRO-6 will reach out to gun holders and discourage them from using their firearms in making noise during celebrations, particularly on New Year’s Eve.
“We appeal to gun holders, including government forces, to refrain from firing their guns” during the holidays, he said. “Better use other sounds.”/PN