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Fri. May 14th, 2021

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.

Barney Fife would be proud.

By The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 21 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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