Big income lures traders to make killer firecrackers

January 1, 2012 2:47 am 

BOCAUE, Bulacan, Dec. 31 — Traders of over-sized and deadly types of firecrackers know the risks in selling these banned-types of noisemakers, but they just can not ignore the lucrative income they earn due to its high demand every Christmas and New Year's eve.

Take the case of Mang Bong, a licensed fireworks dealer in Barangay Turo here, whose shop was padlocked after undercover policemen managed to bought several pieces of killer firecrackers like “Goodbye Philippines” “Bin Ladin”and “Pla-Pla.”

Mang Bong said he had already sold P50,000 worth of these over-sized and deadly firecrackers the night before police operatives arrested him last Friday morning.

"There are still some orders and many more customers are looking for deadly firecrackers. The earnings are almost triple on those types of firecrackers," he said.

Mang Bong’s earning will now go to his lawyers and the corresponding fines mandated under Republic Act 7183. His permit to sale has also been canceled.

Philippine National Police (PNP) director general Nicanor Bartolome said the police would continue to conduct operations against illegal manufacturers and dealers of these deadly firecrackers even after New Year’s Eve.

Bulacan police director Sr. Supt. Fernando H. Mendez Jr, said police continue to inspect stores to ensure that no over-sized firecrackers as well as imported pyrotechnics like Picolo would be sold to the public.

In Sta. Maria town, joint operatives of the Bulacan PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Team, led by Chief Insp. Monico M. Cadayona and the Sta. Maria police, headed by Supt. Raniel Valones, raided a clandestine fireworks factory and arrested seven persons while making over-sized firecrackers in a remote area in Sitio Paigkas, Barangay Bulac.

Police seized finished products of “Pla-Pla”, “Lolo Thunder” and “Og” which is a bit smaller than “Pla-Pla.”

Among those arrested was Tess Lumampao, owner of the makeshift factory.

She admitted that she knew the dangers of making these banned types of firecrackers but they just could not turn their backs on the big money they would earn because of the high demand for these types of noisemakers.

Charges of violation of RA 7183 (Firecracker Law} will be filed against the illegal pyrotechnics makers. (PNA)



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