MANILA - Two policemen who were caught firing their guns while drunk face dismissal proceedings, the police chief for Metro Manila said Thursday, adding there will be "no mercy" for erring troops during the holidays.
The police leadership has warned its men every year against indiscriminate firing as part of efforts against stray bullet injuries during New Year revelries.
The 2 policemen, one from Manila and one from Pasig, both admitted to being drunk when they fired their guns, said Director Oscar Albayalde, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office.
"No mercy doon sa mga pulis na mahuling mag-indiscriminate firing. Yan ang kautusan ng ating chief PNP," Albaylde told reporters.
(No mercy for those caught indiscriminately firing, that is the order from our chief, PNP.)
Unlike in the past, policemen's guns will not be sealed with masking tape to ensure compliance, he said.
Aside from the 2 policemen, 4 civilians and a barangay official were also arrested for indiscriminate firing from Dec. 16 to 26, Albayalde said.
Police also monitored 20 firecracker-related incidents during the same period, involving mostly piccolo and watusi, he said.
The NCRPO appealed to the public to follow rules and go to designated firecracker or community fireworks display zones.