Barney Fife in the Philippines! Police seal muzzles of firearms for New Year revelry!

Seems cops in the Philippines have a habit of shooting their firearms when celebrating the New Year.  In response to that problem,  police in the Metro Manila area have been ordered to tape shut the muzzles of their service firearms with masking tape. I am not making this up.  Cops also had their pistols muzzled during this past Christmas holiday. “We replaced the masking tape we used to seal their firearms with a new one today in time for the New Year revelry,” Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao of the Northern Police District said, according to a recent report in the Inquirer.net.Barney Fife Poster in Memorabilia Store in Gatlinburg, TN

In a related story,  the service firearms of more than 5,000 policemen in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines were also sealed yesterday. I have to wonder if the Philippines is  full of Barney Fife wannabes? Barney Fife, a bumbling deputy sheriff portrayed brilliantly by the late Don Knotts on the Andy Griffith Show, was prone to shooting off  his gun with his lone bullet,  kept in his shirt pocket,  at the most inappropriate times.  Sheriff Andy Taylor would just shake his head and give Barney a disgusted look as he took away Barney’s weapon.  (The “hostage rescue” this past August in Manila that resulted in the death of eight Hong Kong tourists is  proof positive that the Philippine police force is already packed with plenty of “Barney Fife’s” along with the Filipino cop that shot a fellow officer during horseplay.)

Perhaps the police commanders in the Philippines could just use the Sheriff Taylor solution and give each cop one bullet to be kept in their shirt pockets? That way they wouldn’t have to quickly unwrap the masking tape around their pistol muzzle in case an emergency arose. Can you just see a Filipino version of Barney Fife trying to get the tape off his gun as he ran after a thief that had just robbed a sari sari store?  Only in the Philippines!

Share This:

14 comments

  1. Hi Dave. I’ve got some of the old Andy Griffith Shows on dvd. My asawa and her family will just smile at me while i’m laughing my backside off over Barney and his bullet, I guess some humor just dosen’t translate. Happy New Year to you and the folks at the “compound”.

    1. Hi Tony! Yep, used to watch reruns of the old Andy Griffith shows, and my asawa didn’t get it either. Barney Fife is absolutely one of the funniest characters ever shown on American television, in my opinion. Happy New Year to you, too, thanks.

  2. The police should never be given bullets. That goes for any country in the world. Ever watch videos them in a shoot out in the States? Guns are too small and they are not trained well enough.

    I love going through check points and seeing the Army men sitting their gun down in the dirt. Barrel down in the dirt! Sigh. Then they wonder why bystanders get killed.

    Give me a .45ACP any day. When I lived in Kansas I never went anywhere without my Colt. Had my attack dog with me too. I miss that!

    73,
    Gary

    1. You’re probably right, Gary. Aren’t most of the police or constables in the U.K. unarmed? They don’t seem to have such a huge crime problem that I’m aware of. Yeah, I’ve been through several checkpoints that the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the army has operated here. It’s a wonder more civilians aren’t killed. Never had a Colt or an attack dog, Gary, haven’t had a weapon since I carried a Smith & Wesson .38 and a M-16 back in my Air Force Security Police days back in 1970.

  3. You no..if they are having to do that, and I must say that Barney 5 never did anything so unreal as that some times he was dummber that a box of rocks…then they might as well issue them make belive Piss-tol-las aka water piss-tol-las and maybe they could cut a deal with a toy manufacture in China….

  4. Hi Dave, Wanna bet someone is going to shoot the gun with the tape over the barrel? All the best to you and your family for the New Year from us up here in Austria.

    1. Yep, you can bet some cop will try it, John in Austria. I also read yesterday that the Manila Police Chief is warning all private security guards to not fire their weapons, either. Good luck with that! Happy New Year to you, too!

  5. I saw this restriction on the sunstar.com.ph news website. Also with big worries about the fireworks getting out of control on new years, they are encouraging people not to engage in this activity. Good luck with that. Projectile and explosive fireworks are illegal here in N.C. but that doesn’t stop the city from sounding like a warzone every December 31st.

    1. Hi Andrew! Good to hear from you. Yes, I have read where there are many zones (I believe over 700 areas in Metro Manila alone) and some cities in the Philippines, like Davao, that are banning fireworks completely. I believe that Davao has had a ban for nine years and hasn’t had any fatalities in the past eight years. We don’t shoot off any fireworks at “The Compound”, but I suspect that our neighborhood will also sound like your home on New Year’s Eve.

  6. Philippine police applying masking tape to their firearms in place of practicing good trigger discipline? And I thought California’s gun laws were weird. Meanwhile, injuries due to fireworks are up. Maybe, they should apply masking tape to matches!

Leave a Reply