MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is willing to consider banning firecrackers if a bill is filed in Congress.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda pointed out there is currently no bill banning firecrackers filed in the legislature.
However, he also said that should one be filed, Malacañang would be willing to listen to inputs from local government agencies, the health department and other details on such a proposal.
Lacierda said details of any possible ban must first be clarified and discussed before Malacañang can make any comment.
"It's a safety measure, something that should be good," he said.
Lacierda conceded that for now, they can only appeal to the public not to use dangerous or fatal firecrackers.
Lacierda said some people really would like to welcome the New Year with dangerous fireworks, making it necessary to launch a campaign against their use.
The Philippine National Police is already embarking on such a campaign.
Lacierda reiterated President Aquino's previous suggestion that people just gather in a public place to watch fireworks.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona previously proposed a firecracker ban as a health measure.