Firecracker injuries rise to 170

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

MANILA – The firecracker related incident soared based on the latest assessment by the Department of Health, with only three days left before the country welcomes the year 2014.

DOH spokesperson Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said that 170 cases were recorded as of 6 a.m. Saturday; 101 or 62 percent were caused by piccolo.

Piccolo is one of the prohibited firecrackers but it is still being sold in black market. Tayag said one case of firecracker ingestion was also reported.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Saturday that the number of victims from stray bullets cause by indiscriminate firing has risen to 10.

Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor, spokesperson for PNP chief Director General Allan Purisima, said three people have been wounded in Metro Manila, while two others in Calabarzon, one in Bicol Region, two in Western Visayas, one in Mountain Province, and another in Soccsksargen.

Mayor identified the victims as Francisco Salazar (hit in the left foot), Ginalyn Soncio (hit in the left arm), Donna Padol (hit at her nose), Roberto Mariano Jr. (hit in the right leg), Jay Abuniawan (hit in the right arm), Deo Tam-og, (hit in the leg), Rommel Geroy (hit in the left leg), Myra Medrano (hit in the leg), Jestoni Obrador (hit in the middle toe), and Ricardo Garbin (hit in the feet).

Mayor also urged the public to report cases of indiscriminate firing in their respective areas. (Sunnex)

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