28 HIT BY STRAY BULLETS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS

JANUARY 2 -The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded more victims of stray bullets including two children during the New Year celebrations in the country. According to the PNP, 27 people were injured and one was killed by stray bullets from Dec. 16, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014. Six new victims were accounted on New Year's Day including two two-year-old children from Digos City, Davao del Sur and Pasig City, the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported. The lone fatality was a three-month-old toddler from Ilocos Sur who was hit in the head while sleeping.

ALSO: 3-month-old baby killed, 21 more injured by stray bullets - PNP

A day after the New Year revelries, the number of firework-related injuries in the country rose to 804, Health Assistant Sec. Eric Tayag said on Thursday. Tayag said in his Twitter account that there were 793 firework injuries, two firecracker ingestion and nine stray bullet cases from Dec. 21, 2013 to 6 a.m. of Jan. 2, 2014. The illegal firecracker piccolo still caused most of the injuries after it hurt 306 of the 793 victims (39 percent). Among those injured by fireworks was a 16-year-old male by-stander from Payatas, Quezon City who lost his left eye due to the local skyrocket or baby rocket also known as "kwitis."

ALSO: DOH: Firecracker injuries nearly 600

Health officials explained that even with the increased number of injuries, there were fewer injuries (143) among children less than 10 years old this year and fewer by-standers (214) were affected. "Most importantly injuries were relatively milder this year," the DOH said. In the 2013 New Year celebrations, there were 326 blast injuries without amputation, 13 amputations and 78 eye injuries. This year, there were 504 blast injuries without amputation, only eight amputations and 86 eye injuries. The DOH said Metro Manila had the most number of injuries with 345 followed by Calabarzon with 50 and Ilocos region with 35.


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28 hit by stray bullets - PNP

MANILA, JANUARY 6, 2014 (PHILSTAR)  By Louis Bacani - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded more victims of stray bullets including two children during the New Year celebrations in the country.

According to the PNP, 27 people were injured and one was killed by stray bullets from Dec. 16, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014.

Six new victims were accounted on New Year's Day including two two-year-old children from Digos City, Davao del Sur and Pasig City, the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.

The lone fatality was a three-month-old toddler from Ilocos Sur who was hit in the head while sleeping.

Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, had said that the number of stray bullet victims this year is lower than the 40 cases recorded in the 2013 New Year revelries.

Among the victims was eight-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella, who was killed by a stray bullet while watching firecrackers in their neighborhood in Caloocan City.

In the PNA report, Mayor said 130 people were injured from firecrackers and 37 were arrested due to the possession, use or sale of illegal firecrackers and unauthorized discharged of firearms.

He added that 13,692 illegal firecrackers worth P1.36 million were confiscated.

3-month-old baby killed, 21 more injured by stray bullets - PNP By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated January 1, 2014 - 1:15pm

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded 22 stray bullet victims during the New Year revelries including a three-month-old infant killed in Ilocos Sur.

Speaking to radio dzMM, PNP Spokesman Wilben Mayor said the infant died while being treated at the Gabriela Silang General Hospital.

A radio report earlier said the baby was sleeping inside their house but suddenly started crying. He was then found bloodied by the parents.

Mayor said 21 more people were injured by stray bullets since Dec. 16.

In the previous New Year celebration, Mayor said the PNP recorded 40 stray bullet cases from Dec. 16, 2012 to January 2, 2013.

One of the victims was eight-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella, who was also killed by a stray bullet while watching firecrackers in their neighborhood in Caloocan City.

The Department of Health gave a lower figure of stray bullet cases on Wednesday.

Announcing its official toll on New Year revelry injuries, the agency said nine people have been injured by stray bullets as of 6 a.m. of January 1.

The number of firecracker-related injuries so far is at 599.

DOH: Firecracker injuries jump to 804 By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated January 2, 2014 - 10:27am 4 103 googleplus0 0


A boy cries as he is treated for his wounds after being injured in a firecracker explosion following the raucous celebration to welcome the New Year Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. Traditionally, Filipinos welcome the New Year with fireworks and firecrackers and making the loudest noise possible, including indiscriminate firing of their guns which sometimes result in injuries and deaths. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - A day after the New Year revelries, the number of firework-related injuries in the country rose to 804, Health Assistant Sec. Eric Tayag said on Thursday.

Tayag said in his Twitter account that there were 793 firework injuries, two firecracker ingestion and nine stray bullet cases from Dec. 21, 2013 to 6 a.m. of Jan. 2, 2014.

The illegal firecracker piccolo still caused most of the injuries after it hurt 306 of the 793 victims (39 percent).

Among those injured by fireworks was a 16-year-old male by-stander from Payatas, Quezon City who lost his left eye due to the local skyrocket or baby rocket also known as "kwitis."

The total number of injuries now is 10 percent lower than the 894 recorded during the same period in 2012, according to Tayag.

He also noted that the number of injuries during New Year's Eve and New Year's Day decreased by 24 percent, or from 687 in 2012 to 520.

On Wednesday, the number of injuries was nearly 600 and was higher than the figure during the same period in the 2013 New Year celebrations.

But health officials also said on Wednesday that the injuries this year were "milder" and that fewer by-standers and children less than 10 years old were affected.

Metro Manila had the most number of injuries followed by the Calabarzon and Ilocos regions.

The Department of Health will end its count on Jan. 5.

DOH: Firecracker injuries nearly 600 By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated January 1, 2014 - 12:54pm 8 198 googleplus0 0


A man is wheeled into the emergency room after being injured in a firecracker explosion following the raucous celebration to welcome the New Year Wednesday Jan.1, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Traditionally, Filipinos welcome the New Year with fireworks and firecrackers and making the loudest noise possible, including indiscriminate firing of their guns which sometimes result in injuries and deaths. AP/Bullit Marquez

(UPDATED) MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported an increase in the number of New Year revelry injuries after firecrackers hurt almost 600 people nationwide.

As of 6 a.m. today, the DOH national Epidemiology Center reported 589 firework injuries, one firecracker ingestion and nine stray bullet cases.

The DOH started its annual count in Dec. 21, 2013 and the current figure was 43 percent higher than the 419 injuries recorded in the same period last year.

The number of injuries this year was also higher by 29 percent than the previous average of 464 injuries from 2008 to 2012.

The illegal firecracker piccolo still caused most of the injuries (267). The others were unknown firecrackers (76 injuries), Kwitis (56), Five star (27) and Plapla (21).

Health officials explained that even with the increased number of injuries, there were fewer injuries (143) among children less than 10 years old this year and fewer by-standers (214) were affected.

"Most importantly injuries were relatively milder this year," the DOH said.

In the 2013 New Year celebrations, there were 326 blast injuries without amputation, 13 amputations and 78 eye injuries.

This year, there were 504 blast injuries without amputation, only eight amputations and 86 eye injuries.

The DOH said Metro Manila had the most number of injuries with 345 followed by Calabarzon with 50 and Ilocos region with 35.

Health officials are hoping that the number of injuries will no longer rise until their monitoring ends on January 5.

However, the agency reminded law enforcers and the public to remain vigilant as some people would still light up firecrackers in the next days.

It also urged parents to protect their children as picking up used, unexploded firecrackers including piccolo will cause new injuries.

"Government hospitals will continue to provide treatment of these injuries including provision of anti-tetanus vaccines," the DOH said.

It also called for the total ban of firecrackers and for conducting community firework display instead during the New Year celebrations.


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