PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez renewed yesterday his appeal to the public to report to authorities “revelry spoilers” or violators of regulations on the use of firecrackers and firearms during the New Year revelries.
“Let us bring to the attention of authorities sighting of revelry spoilers. The public should not allow individuals or groups to light prohibited fireworks, fire their guns and burn old tires,” said Romualdez, recalling that most fires during New Year celebrations were firecracker-related.
Romualdez, a former House Independent Bloc Leader and three-term Leyte congressman, also asked the public to greet the New Year filled with love and happiness instead of being caught in a heartbreaking situation for not heeding the ban on dangerous firecrackers.
“I appeal to the public to be on guard and unite against the use of banned firecrackers and please report immediately the possible incidents on the use of firearms. We need everybody’s cooperation,” said Romualdez, a congressional candidate in the first district of Leyte, saying the public can immediately call national police hotline for immediate response and possible arrest of revelry spoilers.
Traditionally, Romualdez, husband of Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez who is the first nominee of Tingog Sinirangan party-list group and chairperson of the House Committee on Accounts, noted that the Philippine National Police had each year ordered its personnel to seal with masking tape the muzzles of their firearms to prevent indiscriminate firing incidents.
He said the public should instead greet the New Year in the company of their loved ones instead of going to hospitals or other places not fit for holidays.
“It’s better to be safe than sorry. We have to work on ensuring public safety during the yearend celebration,” said Romualdez.
He appealed to gun holders, including members of the PNP not to mark the turn of the year with indiscriminate firing.
“Let us preserve human lives as well as properties as we bid goodbye to 2018 and welcome the 2019,” said Romualdez.
Romualdez also lamented that the public continues to burn tires despite the fact that these gravely pollute the air.
“Concerned authorities should also strengthen its information campaign against the aggravation of air pollution during New Year,” he said.