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P/Maj. Alevic Rentino, chief of police of the Puerto Princesa City Police Office – Station 2, in an interview with Palawan News on Tuesday, said the violation is in line with Republic Act (RA) 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines and was spelled out through an Administrative Order (AO) AHS-2008-015 issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) on May 15, 2008.
P/Maj. Mhardie Azares, spokesperson of the Puerto Princesa City Police Office PPCPO), on Friday morning said except for a complaint about a stray bullet that nearly hit an infant in Barangay Sicsican, no fireworks-related injury was reported to the local police office.
Agutaya mayor Perla Bacuel confirmed the incident to Palawan News in a phone interview on Tuesday. Personal details about the victim have been withheld from the public, but Bacuel said she was an allowed person outside residence (APOR) who was recently reassigned in the island municipality of Agutaya from a different town.
The BVC, in a statement sent to Palawan News on Friday, clarified that previous reports acknowledging that the leftist group was behind the shooting of Baluyut was false.
P/Col. Nicolas Torre, acting chief of Palawan Provincial Police Office (PPO), clarified they have already been working on the NPA-angle as part of their investigation.
P/Col. Nicolas D. Torre III, newly designated head of the Palawan provincial police office, did not yet disclose the identity of the person in custody but confirmed that he is already considered a suspect. Earlier, investigators disclosed they have been seeking out four "persons of interest" in the case as part of the ongoing investigation.