Tuesday, December 13, 2016

PRO5 announces no muzzle taping of police’s firearms during holiday season
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 12 (PNA) -- There will be no muzzle taping of the firearms of members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) nationwide this coming holiday season, especially on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, said a police officer of the Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5).

Sr. Insp. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson, said this was announced by Sr. Supt. Petronelli Baldebrin, PRO5 deputy regional director for operation, during their Monday morning command conference.

Baldebrin who attended the command conference last week at Camp Crame, said the verbal instruction on “no muzzle taping” was given by PNP Chief Ronald Bato Dela Rosa.

Calubaquib said the PNP chief has decided to depart from the annual muzzle taping of firearms because he does not want to endanger the lives of his men during the coming holiday season, especially with the continuous implementation of “Double Barrel Alpha,” the anti-illegal drug campaign of the PNP.

She said Dela Rosa has full trust on his men.

Calubaquib said, however, that any police officer found liable for firing indiscriminately will face criminal and administrative charges.

She said the police are old enough to have self-discipline during the holiday season.

We are here to protect and serve the citizenry by maintaining peace and order," Calubaquib added. (PNA) LAP/GVR/JH/CBD/EDS