The Philippine Army (PA) on Thursday announced that it has yet to receive reports of soldiers in front-line units had indiscriminately fired their service weapons during the New Year’s Eve revelries.
“As of now we have not received reports from our line units regarding any violations of indiscriminate firing but we are continuously monitoring for such incident,” PA spokesperson Capt. Anthony Bacus said.
The Army consist of 10 divisions with 100,000 officers and enlisted personnel.
The PA earlier ordered its soldiers not to engage in indiscriminate firing during New Year’s Eve revelry as stiff sanction awaits those caught doing this illegal act.
“It is clear to every Army personnel that firing their weapons indiscriminately is punishable under the Articles of War,” Bacus said.
Under the said article, illegal discharge of firearm may result to demotion or dismissal from the military service.
Those who would be found guilty of violation will be dealt with accordingly.
“All unit commanders on the field are reminded to consistently monitor their respective subordinates on or off duty to ensure that this policy is strictly enforced not only in the observance of this significant occasion but all throughout the coming year as it is our duty to be of role model citizens to others,” Bacus added.
Illegal discharge of firearm is also punishable under Article 254 of Republic Act 3815, also known as the Revised Penal Code.
Under Article 254, violators will face six months and one day to six years imprisonment. PNA