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PNP: Fewer stray bullet cases in 2017 revelry despite teen’s death

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By Charina Clarisse Echaluce 

The Philippine National Police announced a drop in the number of stray bullet cases in the country this 2017 revelry, including the unfortunate death of 15-year-old stray bullet victim Emilyn Calano.

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(c) Flickr Hive Mind / MANILA BULLETIN

“Nabawasan po ang insidente involving stray bullet, from 38… kasama na po dito ang ating naging biktima na si Ms. [Emilyn] Villanueva [Calano]… mayroon po tayong labindalawang stray bullet po na nai-report. Ang figure po ay mula December 16 hanggang kahapon [Thursday] po ng 5:00 ng hapon,” PNP explosives management division chief Conrado Gongon disclosed in a press conference at the Department of Health building in Manila on Friday, January 6.

Gongon attributed the decrease to the “special deployment” of policemen. “Lahat po ng nakabakasyon, naka-leave, pinag-out po lahat upang magprovide ng police assistance sa kani-kanilang respected police stations.”

Gongon also assured, on behalf of the PNP, that the police will help the family of the victim get justice.

“Sa ngayon nagkaroon po ng amendment dahil doon sa resulta ng kanyang pagkamatay. From frustrated homicide, ngayon po ay homicide na po,” he noted, adding that the autopsy result of the victim has yet to be disclosed.

Read more: Stray bullet victim on New Year’s Eve passes away

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