Three vendors charged over toy guns with pyro powder

THREE VENDORS were charged before the City Prosecution Office yesterday afternoon for selling toy guns with pyrotechnic powder as ammo on Sunday morning.

Sued for violation of Ordinance No. 060-02 were Marlene M. Macaampao, 27, Papao A. Baguinda, 44, and Abdul Limbona, 44, all residents of Toril.

Operatives of the Toril Police Precinct seized 150 pieces of plastic guns and 228 pads of pyrotechnic powder. The respondents are now temporarily held at Toril Police Precinct.

The banning in the sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics during the Christmas season by not issuing business permits to vendors and malls intending to sell these was approved by city council in 2001 and passed the Ordinance No. 060-02 a year after, which prohibits the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession or use of firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices with in the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City.

First time offenders face a fine of P1,000 and imprisonment of not more than a month but not less than 20 days; second time offenders face a fine of P3,000 and imprisonment of three months but not less than a month; and for the third offense, violators face a fine of P5,000 and imprisonment of six months but not less than three months.

Meanwhile, Sr. Insp. Milgrace Cajes Driz, spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office, said that two minors were apprehended for playing firecrackers last Christmas and now under the custody of the Quick Response Team for Children’s Concern.

“Hopefully, there would be no more violators,” she said.

Based on the data of Davao City Police Office, no illegal discharge of firearm from its personnel was reported.

In 2013, 15 people and 24 minors were apprehended for violating the firecracker ban.

Moreover, Chief Supt. Wendy Garcia Rosario, director of Police Regional Office 11, on Dec. 28 directed all the station commanders and other operating units in the region to intensify apprehensions against violators of firecracker ban and illegal discharge of firearm.

Rosario also mandated all his lower units to coordinate along with barangays officials in disseminating information to residents to encourage the community to report to Central 911 or PNP hot lines any violators of firecracker ban and any persons who illegally discharged their firearms.

The DCPO personnel sealed the muzzles of service firearms on Dec. 22 as part of the campaign against indiscriminate firing during the Yuletide celebration. The inspection and the removal of seals will be conducted after the celebration of New Year on Jan. 2 or 3.

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