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The traditional celebration of the Yuletide Season has been generally peaceful natonwide.
Police authorities made this assessment as they noted fewer casualties and injuries in the revelries during the entire Christmas Holiday.
Initial assessment by the Department of Health showed a 17% decrease in firecracker-related injuries since Dec 21.
The PNP attributed this generally peaceful situation to the intensified nationwide campaign against prohibited firecrackers and indiscriminate firing of guns that was implemented vigorously by police units on instructions of President Benigno S Aquino III.
PNP Chief, Director General Alan LM Purisima congratulated local Police Commanders and his counterpart officials of national government agencies for successfully minimizing Yuletide casualties this year.
In Metro Manila, NCRPO Chief, Director Leonardo A Espina reported the arrest of 215 retailers and distributors of prohibited firecrackers and nine others persons for indiscriminate firing of guns during the Holiday revelry.
A total of P1.650-million worth of banned firecrakers were confiscated in 512 separate operations in by the five Police Districts. (PNP-PIO)