Two sued for violating firecracker ordinance

LAW enforcers filed criminal charge before the City Prosecution Office against two men for reportedly lighting firecrackers at Garden Villas, Catalunan Grande on Christmas day.

Aljun A. Blasquez, 35, and Rogelio C. Polancos, 32, residents of the area, were sued for violation of the City Ordinance No. 060-02 Series of 2002 which prohibits the “manufacture, sale, distribution, possession, or use of firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City.”

Prosecutor Jay Karel Sanchez is now resolving the case of the respondents.

Based on the police report, Blasquez and Polancos were arrested over a tip given to the Isumbong Kang CD text hotline.

During the arrest, the respondents were caught in possession of three pieces piccolo firecracker.

Under the ordinance, first time offenders will be fined P1,000 or imprisonment of not more than one month but not less than 20 days, or both fine and imprisonment.

For second offense, violators will be meted out P3,000 or imprisonment of not more than three months but not less than one month, while for the third offense, a penalty of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months but not less than three months will be imposed against offenders.

In 2014, the authorities have arrested a total of 32 violators of the firecracker ban ordinance, 13 of them are minors.

Moreover, Mintal barangay kagawad Eduardo Santander was also arrested for violating the city ordinance. He was arrested on Jan. 1 and claimed that he forgot that pyrotechnics are included in the ban.

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