Guns on ‘silent’ mode this X’mas

Glenda M. Gloria

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MANILA, Philippines – Policemen nationwide will be asked to cover their guns with tape to discourage them from firing them indiscriminately this season.

Director General Nicanor Bartolome made the announcement on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, as he gave assurances the entire police force will be putting their guns on “silent mode,” except in instances when they are needed.

Bartolome said the “muzzle taping” will be done as a preemptive measure. All police units will schedule this activitity, supvervised by senior police commanders.

Strict monitoring will be done particularly on Christmas day and New Year’s eve, the statement said.

“We are doing this yearly to send a strong message to policemen, soldiers and gun owners and to help the government bring down casualties and injuries during the revelry of the yuletide,” Bartolome said.
“I am forewarning against indiscriminate firing of firearms, especially during the yuletide and new year celebrations as the full force of the law will be dealt to violators,” he added. –



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Glenda M. Gloria

Glenda Gloria co-founded Rappler in July 2011 and is currently its executive editor.