THE Davao Police Regional Office said the New Year celebration in the different areas in Southern Mindanao was safe and peaceful.
Brig. Gen. Filmore Escobal, the regional police director, thanked the members of the police force for their dedication and cooperation. The region did not record a single incident of its personnel firing their gun during the Christmas and New Year revelries.
Meanwhile, the PRO XI also recorded no cases of illegal possession, sale, and use of firecrackers.
As a result, there were zero cases of stray bullets or firecracker-related injuries.
“Overall, the New Year’s eve was celebrated with no untoward incidents, which reflects the efficiency of our security deployment plan with the help of the community and local government units,” he said.
“Hence, amidst the ongoing pandemic and crisis that the country was experiencing; the Police Regional Office XI and Davao Region managed to celebrate a peaceful and safe New Year,” he further said.
12-year-old killed by
stray bullet in Lanao
ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews) — A 12-year old girl died from a stray bullet at the height of the New Year celebration in Sapad town in Lanao del Norte, the Philippine National Police said Friday.
In a phone interview Friday afternoon, Major Salman Saad, spokesperson of PNP-Lanao del Norte, identified the victim as Suzette Abregondo Manamparan.
Saad, quoting witnesses, said Manamparan was playing in front of their residence with children of their relatives past 12 a.m. when she fell on the ground.
He said the child’s parents brought her to the provincial hospital in Kapatagan town for treatment but she was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.
He said the witnesses thought it was just an accident. But the result of the X-ray taken at the hospital showed a slug from a gun of unknown caliber lodged in her head.
A police team led by Lieutenant Elric Palanas, officer-in-charge of Sapad Police Station arrived at the scene. They no longer found the blood on the spot where the girl fell.
Saad said they have started an investigation to pinpoint the suspect. (with MindaNews)