Firecracker ban violators told to get ready for jail

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief, Senior Supt. Alexander Tagum, said Dabawenyos wanting to experience how it is to be in jail should simply violate the city’s anti-firecracker ordinance during Christmas and New Year celebrations.

“If you don’t want to be with your family this Christmas and New Year, then go ahead and light some firecracker. Try us. You will really experience how it feels like to be in jail during this holiday season,” Tagum said in an interview.

He said to ensure that the ordinance would not be violated, the DCPO has deployed policemen around the city and that its 12 police stations would tightly monitor neighborhoods.

Tagum also warned the 12 station commanders that they would be held accountable for firecracker ban violations in their areas.

“I have instructed my station commanders that they need to apprehend whoever violates the firecracker ordinance, failure to do so, they will be relieved from their posts,” he said.

The firecracker ban in the city started in 2001.

It outlawed the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices all year round and not just during the Yuletide Season. CIO

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