At least three incidents of stray bullet cases have so far been recorded by authorities since this year’s Christmas celebrations.
In two of these cases, the victims were walking outside when they were struck by a stray bullet. Another victim, who is in critical condition, was hit by a bullet while he was tending to his farm.
All victims are currently recuperating and are under close medical care.
The incidents occurred after the PNP decided to stop its long-standing practice of requiring all cops to place signed tape on the muzzles of their guns as a preventive measure during the holidays.
In response to these, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa issued a stern warning to the police force, telling them he would show no mercy to cops caught engaging in indiscriminate firing.
Around 23 of these were due to the use of piccolo, an illegal firecracker that can be easily obtained and has been the top cause of holiday revelry injuries in previous years.
But so far, there is a significantly less amount of these cases compared to the 95 incidents recorded in the same period last year.