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PNP chief bans warning shots

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Orders cops to use whistles instead

By Joel Guinto
First Posted 14:26:00 01/09/2009

Filed Under: Warnings, shooting, Police

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Jesus Verzosa has banned the use of shots to warn criminals and ordered policemen to blow their whistles instead.

Verzosa said the ban on warning shots would enter “full implementation” this year and those caught violating the order would be slapped with appropriate charges.

He noted that policemen risk hitting bystanders when they fire warning shots.

“Ito na yung iniimplement nating policy; huwag nang magpapaputok ng warning shots. [This is the policy we are implementing; no more firing of warning shots]. It’s very dangerous,” he told reporters in Camp Crame on Friday.

“We are now developing either a verbal [warning] or our whistles. We will not use our guns because it is really dangerous,” he said.

As he outlined his programs for the year, following his first 100 days in office as PNP chief, Verzosa said he would also intensify marksmanship training for policemen.

“We are doing away with training that involves too many bullets, nagiging trigger-happy lang [policemen could be trigger-happy]. Training is not measured by how many bullets you use, it’s how to handle [the firearm] and when to use it,” he said.

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