The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday cleared its personnel of any criminal or administrative liability after it was found that not one among them fired their firearms during last night’s New Year revelries.
PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said PCG officials have been on alert at their headquarters in Manila monitoring their field offices for any unusual events that may arise in welcoming the new year, including its personnel who may fire their guns.
“Wala namang report na may nagpaputok ng baril among our personnel. Nandito kami sa headquarters kagabi pa at wala namang report,” Balilo told Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a phone interview.
PCG commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena issued a directive reminding his men of strict sanctions once they are found to have fired their guns during the holidays and other occasions especially during incidents not related to their work.
Isorena directed their coast guard detachments, sub-stations, and district offices to strictly adhere to the national government’s order for uniformed personnel and other law enforcers to refrain from firing their guns during the holiday celebrations.
Firearms, on the other hand, can be used for law enforcement purposes only.
Isorena said those who will be found to have fired their guns will face both administrative and criminal charges. PNA