There will be no taping of cop’s gun muzzles with masking tape this New Year’s Eve. For the third year in a row, the Philippine National Police, PNP, are counting on their officers to be responsible. I first ran across this bizarre practice during my first New Year’s Eve in the Philippines. Today’s article in the Panay News shows a different course of action now.
“We will not be doing the usual taping of gun muzzles. But I trust that you are professional policemen and responsible people, and you will not use your firearms for indiscriminate firing that will endanger the lives of our people.”
That was Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) director, Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, addressing his officers.
He warned Western Visayas policemen against firing their service firearms to welcome the New Year.
No Taping of Cop’s Gun Muzzles New Year’s Eve
Remain “active” and continue with law enforcement efforts to maintain peace and order in all parts of the region, Bulalacao further told policemen.
December last year, the PRO-6 also did away with taping policemen’s gun muzzles. Bulalacao said there was not a single case of indiscriminate firing involving policemen recorded in the region.
“We hope to maintain that. I hope our policemen will remain disciplined,” said Bulalacao.
The officers have shown they are disciplined. That’s according to Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde.
Photo from The Panay News
Illegally discharge their service firearms during the holiday revelry? Nope, the PNP’s top guy doesn’t think they will.