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Philippines : PNP wants amendments to anti-firecracker law.

If the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel in this province have their way, they want to amend penal provision of the Republic Act 7183 which regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution and the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

Provincial director Ronaldo Olay said they have exerted efforts to implement the law during the celebration of the Christmas and New Year's Eve which resulted to the confiscation of many illegal types of firecrackers and the arrest of nine vendors.However, Olay said while they filed charges against the arrested individuals, the latter were immediately freed after posting bail of only P2, 000.

I think the law makers should amend some provisions of the law and increase the bail bond for every arrest so that others will take a second tthought before selling illegal firecrackers. Why, they could easily produce the minimal amount of bail bond required, Olay said.He admitted that it is the very first time that the police authorities arrested individuals selling illegal firecrackers. Previously, the items are only confiscated and no arrest was made until last year.

As much as possible we do not want to arrest individuals during these celebrations because it is Christmas but our duty is to enforce the law so that others will no longer violate it, Olay stated.He assured further that, since they have already started, they will continue implementing the law in the next yuletide seasons to come if only to protect the people.

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Date:Jan 7, 2016
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