Sen. Loren Legarda Friday pushed for firearms regulation following the death of seven-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella, hit by a stray bullet in the head during the New Year’s revelry in Caloocan City.
”This tragic incident may not have happened if the use of firearms in the country were more strictly regulated, ensuring there are no loose firearms,” Legarda said in a press statement.
“I express my deepest condolences to the family of Stephanie Nicole Ella, a very young girl who was a victim of irresponsible gun firing,” Legarda added.
Stephanie Nicole was watching fireworks outside her home in Malaria district, Caloocan City when she was hit by the bullet in the head.
She was immediately rushed to the hospital but succumbed to death after several cardiac arrests.
Based on initial reports by the Philippine National Police, Nicole was only one of 40 people hit by stray bullets during the New Year.
Legarda said: “Our military and police officers have a greater responsibility of ensuring that they use firearms only in the line of duty.
"Licensed gun owners should be responsible in using their guns solely for self-protection. These weapons should be strictly used only for peace and order and keep our people safe from crime.
"They should never be used for reckless merry-making.”