A NEW Year ban on firecrackers may not be likely after President Rodrigo Duterte said a proposed executive order disallowing it might be too late for implementation by January.
“It’s too late for 2017…The materials were already bought,” Duterte said while visiting the Wireless Catholic Cemetery in Davao in the small hours Thursday.
Despite the apparent leeway he gave this year, Duterte reiterated his intention of replicating the success of his 2002 ordinance in his hometown Davao City, where a firecracker ban is being implemented.
“At this time, I’d like to put on notice everybody that I am seriously considering…making the entire Philippines like Davao. We observe the Christmas time with the solemnity…that befits the… religion,” he said.