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Marikina follows Davao – Bans firecrackers

December 28, 2007

GMA News reports that the Marikina City Government has released an order “discouraging” Marikenyos from buying, selling, and exploding firecrackers to welcome the new year.

GMA’s Flash report quoted Marikina City Police officials as saying that people caught violating the order may spend New Year’s Day in a detention cell and stay there for not less than six months up to one year.

Violators also run the risk of coughing up P20,000 to P30,000 fine.

Marikina City Mayor Marides Fernando, however, clarified that people may still enjoy using other pyrotechnic products, such as sparklers (lucis) or Roman candles.

Instead of spending money buying firecrackers, she said residents are encouraged to go to the Marikina River on New Year’s Eve and marvel at the pyrotechnic display that will start illuminating the night sky at 11 p.m.

Fernando, wife of Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando, said that a designated spot on the riverbanks will be reserved for fireworks to be mounted and set off.

“Samahan niyo po kami sa ilog. Imbes na bumili kayo ng kani-kaniyang paputok, manuod na lang tayo ng fireworks display sa Marikina Riverbanks (Join us at the fireworks display at the Marikina Riverbank instead of buying firecrackers),” Fernando told radio dzBB.

So unlike Davao where there is a TOTAL BAN on  all types of firecrackers and pyrotechnic products, Marikina folks would still be able to use other pyrotechnic products such as Lusis, roman candles, and fountains. But who knows,maybe they’ll also ban these next year.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. joe permalink
    January 2, 2008 4:43 pm

    madami pa rin nagpaputok sa marikina. kahit kapitbahay ko (who is a city councilor) eh nagpaputok

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