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At least 171 injured as Philippines welcomes 2013

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A man injured by a firecracker arrives at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila early on January 1, after new year’s celebrations. AFP

MANILA, Philippines–At least 171 revellers welcoming the new year were injured in Metro Manila due to firecracker, the Department of Health said Tuesday.

The number was based only on the record of seven hospitals in Metro Manila as of 6 a.m., said DOH spokesman Dr. Eric Tayag.

At the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila alone, 20 firecracker-related injuries have been recorded as of 2:30 a.m. or a total of 31 since the first case was recorded last Dember 24 at the state-run hospital.

Among the victims rushed to the hospital on New Year’s eve were two 7-year-old children–Jerome Oriño and Rayvan Pacheco–who both sustained eye injuries caused by illegal firecrackers 5 star and the infamous piccolo.

A 68-year-old elder identified as Corazon Ananda also sustained eye injuries due to banned firecracker Goodbye Philippines.

At least 13 injuries were recorded Monday until Tuesday, but hospital nurses said several names haven’t been added yet to the running tally, which includes a child hit by a stray bullet.

Radio reports said one was killed, while 13 others have been likewise victimized by stray bullets, and rushed to other hospitals within Metro Manila such as the Philippine General Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, and Pasay City General Hospital.

The fatality was identified as Rangelo Nimer, 4, of Mandaluyong City who was hit by a stray bullet to his back.

Meanwhile, other than blast injuries, several patients were also said to have been injured from road accidents involving motorcycles. Others were suspected to be driving while intoxicated.


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  • batangsulpok

    Kailangang lahat ng nasugatan at ginamot sa ospital ay pagbayarin, hindi libre kaya namimihasa, pati mga magulang ng mga batang nasugatan ay kasuhan para magtanda o madala.

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Every new year, Filipinos proclaim to the world that it is a nation of idiots. Walang pambili ng pagkain pero sinusunog ang kwarta sa paputok. Itataya pa ang buhay at katawan masabi lang na matapang at mas malakas ang paputok nila.

    • RIGGS1220

      Very well said! WE ARE INDEED A NATION OF IDIOTS!

      • joshua kings

        yes and look at them idiots; they are the ones who vote for those idiots in congress… and local governments!
        malacanang? no, not an idiot; a special child, maybe….

  • Ommm

    Powerful picture with the story… now people should all close one eye and imagine life like that permanently… fireworks are fabulous but a line must be drawn between safe fun and innocent kids disfigured like that photo….

  • imongredneck

    All these are the results of STUPIDITY.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MZOKC6X7Q52Z4E5VLYNB7GF72Y Kaloy

    The reported figure of firecracker related injuries is lower than the averages  of previous few years.
    Let’s keep induries further down every year from now on.

  • virgoyap

    The man in the photo look as if he had been hit by the hard fist of Manny Pacquiao before he was put to sleep by Marquez. He he he

  • mikerocky

    The policemen who consumed the firecrackers they confiscated in Camp Crame under the pretext of ensuring that they will not go back to the streets. However, in doing so they created air and sound pollution. This could even be a ground for alarms and scandal since the area is in the middle of a residential area. The Head Police Officer in this regard should be made responsible.

  • fredrickbastiat

    Let the idiots injure themselves. Adult children they are.  People hear on the news, in the papers, and witness these accidents every year but still come the new year they go right on doing it again.

  • Yobhtron

    Pity the idiots. Imprisonment to those who fired their guns last night.

  • bugoybanggers

    pasaway! Mabuhay ang mga NAPUTUKAN! Sana malala para sa susunod na taon mas maraming pulubi sa kalye, nangangaROLING pambili ng paputok.

  • batangsulpok

    Sana itong lalakeng nasa picture ay magpaputok uli sa susunod na New Year para mabulag ng pareho ang mata atsiguro baka makakapag-isip na delikado pala ang paputok.

  • mabyrik

    Iyan ang napapala ng mga matigatigas ang ulo. Bukod sa pagpapasabog ng pera, pati mukha sabog. Naniniwala kasi sa mga negosyante ng paputok na ang ingay ay nagpapaalis ng masamang spirito, samantalang masamang spirito ang lumalapit kapag nagpapapaputok . 
    hay naku, mga tanga. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

      dapat sa senado at congresso nagpapaputok para maalis lahat ng bad spirits na buhay don.

  • doctor_mengele

    People that get wounded by firecrackers are indeed idiots. They should pay for the medical perwisyo they give even at the Government hospitals. Most of them are drunk or high on drugs, feeling macho, wanting to “out do” their neighbor in this wasteful show of Machoism. 

    They don’t have food on the table, but they have money to buy fireworks, booze, drugs and cigarettes. Doesnt make sense.

    How ever, those who are hit by stray bullets, deserve justice. We all know where those stupid bullets come from.

    They mostly come from the congested areas, mostly filled with informal settlers or super high density populated areas. 

    Why? because if the person lived in a house that was spacious, i think he would have the sense to point the gun to the ground and discharge it into the soil. Diba?

    However, in those areas with a lot of people, you have the neighborhood toughies and idiot policemen and military types, or just plain criminals, that want to show their manhood, by shooting their pistols up in the air, reminicent of how the rebels celebrated when they overthrew Khadaffi in Libya, by shooting their assault rifles into the air. 

    You see, in those hign density population areas, there is not space that you can shoot your weapon to. The bullets will ricochet of the concrete and hit someone close to them. So these idiots think that they are doing it safe by shooting in the air.

    Damned this people. There are children that get hit, and for what? For enjoyment?

    These people should be castrated in public for all the world to see. People like these do not deserve to exist in any society.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

      Sana pag kasalanan ng naputokan eh automatic putol din ano mang parte ng katawan nilang naputokan para magtino. Pag nakasakit sila, hulihin at itali sa puno at lagyan ng Goodbye Philippines sa mga paa nya at pahawakin din ng super lolo. Yung mga namamaril eh itali din at saka firing squad ng sarili nilang baril. Mga idiots and stupid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Replay. Reprint.

  • Pitbulldog

    Sana mas malakas pa ang paputok na imbentuhin nila next year.  Konti lang naaksidente this time at di grabe mga natamaan.  Sayang.  Sana maka-recover sa dami next year.  The more the merrier…he he.  Biro lang. Happy New Year to all.

  • jajabeltran

    more pics pls.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2VPSRNUA6MZGXS7FX6W5ZRCBI Antonio

    they never learned… again and again… anyways, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • Weya S.

    wtf… the year has just started and this is the news that is posted in the front page of inquirer…. what a fail man… I REALLY DON’T LIKE SENSATIONAL JOURNALISM THAT THIS SO CALLED “NEWS” WEBSITE ADVOCATES. I MEAN ITS DISTURBING AND JUST SO OFF!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

      may cnn at bbc – don’t start your year for being a complete idiot!

  • acquiatmanaough

    Kung bakit kasi mahina ang batas natin para mapigilan ng todo ang paputok. Dapat ikulong lahat ng naghahanap buhay sa paputok kasi ang kapalit ng ginagawa nila ay disgrasya ng mga pasaway na mamamayan. Lusis at torotot lang ay ok na! Wag na kayong maniwala sa paniniwalang intsik dahil sa demonyo ang ganong bagay. Kung kayo ay tunay na kristiyano ay maniwala kayo sa katawang muling binuhay at iniakyat sa langit. Sa kanila kayo humingi ng gabay, grasya at pagpapala na may pagsisikap sa buhay upang maging tiwasay ang buhay. Kasi sabi nila na kelangan talaga natin na magsumikap upang magtagumpay na may mabuting kalooban. Sino sila, aba ay di ang banal na mag ina, si Jesus at Birhen Maria na ina natin nasa langit.
      Wag yung hindi gagastos dahil kelangan daw ay may pasalta, mga tunggak at tanga kung kayo ay maniniwala ay mabuti na isipin na may gagastusin sa lahat ng oras. Ang sabi pa ay wag daw mag laba dahil isang taon na laging maglalaba. mga sira, mabuti nga na maglaba para malakas ang katawan dahil nakakapaglaba gayong hindi naman maiiwasan ang hindi magkaroon ng lalabahan. 
     Nililigaw lang kayo ng paniniwalang intsik para bumili kayo sa kanila ng kanilang paninda, o sino ang na isahan aba ay di ikaw na nadaya sa paniniwala. Manilawa kayo sa sinasabi nilang suwerte kung sa bahay lang kayo at pa sleeping beauty pero hayan dumarating ng kusa ang pera na kelangan nyo. Pero kung magtatrabaho pa rin kayo at kakayod, dapat ay magising kayo sa katotohanan na hindi yung paniniwalang intsik ang nagdala sa inyo sa tagumpay kundi ang inyong sariling pagsisikap. Magkagayon tunay lang na dinudungisan nila ang paniniwalang dapat ay puro at dalisay na para sa diyos. Hindi nyo ba naisip yon. Sige hala, maniwala kayo sa kaanyuan ng dragon na kanilang itinitinda at siguradong susunigin ng walang hanggan sa impiyerno ang inyong kaluluwa. Ang dragon, ahas at palaka na mula sa paniniwalang intsik ay mga naging kaanyuan ng demonyo ayon sa pahayag ni Kristo, kaya kung meron kayong ganitong larawan sa inyong bahay ay demonyo ang gumagabay sa inyo at nagbabantay sa inyong bahay. Kaya nga si Budha ay isang anti kristo dahil siya ang pinag mulan ng lahat ng ikinalat niya sa lupa na maling paniniwala. Basahin ninyo sa banal na aklat ang biblia doon sa pahayag at doon ay mababasa ninyo na ang tatlong kaanyuan na iyan ng dragon, ahas at palaka na ipinagkakalat ng may paniniwalang intsik ay sa demonyo ayon sa mahal na kristo Jesus. Kaya naman at siguradong sa demonyo ang gayong paniniwala dahil ang mahal na kristo mismo ang nagpahayag na isinulat ni Juan upang iparating sa sangkatauhan. Magkagayon ay dapat na itakwil at iwasan, pero ano ang nangyari, aba ay di nagpapaloko ang maraming kristiyano. Kaya nga kahit anong pagiging banal at madasalin ay siguradong parurusahan din dahilan sa sumasamba  sa demonyo ng hindi nila nalalaman at napapag isip. Ganyan ang pandaraya ni satanas. 
     Sanga pala, dapat din ninyo na malaman na si satanas ay walang naging ina kaya hindi siya kumikilala sa mahal na birheng Maria. Wag ninyong manahin ang ganoong bagay na ipinagkakalat ng lahat ng pastor. Baka hindi ninyo alam yon ha. Ginagamit lang nila ang pangalan ni Kristo pero walang pagkilala sa ina. Ganyan ang gusto ni satanas, kaya hindi lang mula sa intsik ang sa dilim na paniniwala kundi yung mismong pagtuturo na may pagtatakwil sa ina. Hindi ipagpapalit ni kristo ang kaniyang ina sa kahit sinong may matinding paniniwala sa kanyang pangalan pero ayaw namang tanggapin ang kanyang ina. Sige, mabuhay kayong lahat sa kaliwanagan. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000851762814 Pepe Mayagimat

       ULUL?

      LOL

      ULUL?

      HAHAHA

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    gusto pa kasi masubukan ang maputukan bago magtanda… nandadamay pa.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Sayang isang mata lang ang dumugo. Sana dalawang mata yan. Sana hindi ka na maka kita pa.
    Har har har har. 

  • wawa2172

    The picture of the man with a blasted eye is perfect. It can be used as a gruesome poster with a caption “matanda na paputok pa, tiyak mag tatanda na”. Well if Noy can certify as urgent the RH and Sin TaX bills and was approved into law why not a total ban on firecrackers.

  • dickenhead

    Happy New Year, how many more people including children will be maimed till next year before we open our eyes if there will be left and completely stop the stupid practice off celebrating the new year with firecrackers?

  • regd

    Hinde kumpleto ang New Year sa pinoy pagka walang nadurog na mga kamay at naputukan na mga mata. Sacrifical lamb ika tayo, dapat may sample para di gayahin ng iba.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

    This is the bad side of our fellow Filipinos. Why on earth do we have to resort to firecrackers to welcome the New Year? This is a barbaric way of welcoming the New Year. Shame to all those who  in one way or another lighted firecrackers to welcome 2013. Pnoy should ban firecrackers starting this year. Can it be done? Of course it can be done. Pnoy just needs to hire Mayor Duterte of Davao as consultant to eradicate this industry. Jail all manufacturers of firecrackers so there is no need to catch users of firecrackers, To hell with the reason that you are depriving the firecracker manufacturers of livelihood.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

      ” This is a barbaric way of welcoming the New Year”

      bakit anong tingin mo ba sa lahat ng pinoy? civilized?.. you must be dreaming!

    • buttones

      It’s quite a nice way of welcoming in a New Year, most cities in the world do this with spectacular events, our problem is the entire thing is out of control and in the hands of people who should not be involved at all. And I might add, that I know of no nation that requires serving police officer to tape up their guns to avoid the possibility that in their drunken state they may fire a gun in the air, not realizing that what goes up actually comes down, which, let’s be honest here- does not reflect well on the basic education of a PNP officer does it…. On your sentiments regarding a better organization of this annual event, yes I agree, can it be done? Well I guess it can but it is unlikely….we have 600,000 unregistered firearms on our streets for a start, we cannot even solve that problem….let alone the 30% of this nation that do not even have a toilet… question of priority do you see///

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NRLFHB4ZOMCNGDUJ2ZINRV7DAQ Juan

    hahaha! except sa inosente. dapat lahat ng siga naputukan para tahimik ang 2013.

  • anu12345

    If the injured are innocent bystanders, too bad. If the injured are the ones celebrating with firecrackers, too good.

  • satamalang

    Hayan nag-imbita pa imbes na magtaboy ng malas.

    Ang hirap salubungin ng bagong taon na nakaratay sa ospital. Matuto na sana ang iba nating mga kababayan na kung minsan ay may katigasan ang ulo.

  • jeetkaido

    Mga ogags at mga mahihirap lang na pinoy yong mga naddisgracia. Mga idiot na mayayaman ay bumibili lang ng malalakas na paputok pero mga drivers or mga katulong naman nila ang nagsisindi nito. Karamihan ang nasa hospital ay yon pang walang pambayad sa bill. Yan ang mga napapala sa maling paniniwala. 

  • Ennimac

    Ang paputok nagdadala ng malas yan.

  • g g

    they deserve it.

  • Ben Smith

    Manila is one bad place to spend new years eve.

    • buttones

      the other 364 days are not that great either…

  • aristeosj

    we need stronger laws and stiffer penalties to go with it
    in going after the manufacturing of banned firecrackers
    and driving under the influence of alcohol.

    Filipinos never learn!

    • generalproblem

      matuto na sila unti unti pag nakikita nila araw araw ang mga nabiktima ng papuputok sa tv hehehe.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    TOTAL  BAN  ON  FIRECRACKERS  IS  NEEDED !!   CONGRESS  CAN  ENACT A LAW  !! REASONS  FOR  THIS  TOTAL  BAN   ARE :

         1.  SOUNDS  OF  FIRECRACKERS  SERVE  AS  COVER  FOR  INDISCRIMINATE  FIRING 
              OF  GUNS  BY  UNDISCIPLINED   GUN HOLDERS.  AS OF THIS MOMENT, 2 YOUNG 
              MEN ARE STILL IN THE  HOSPITAL  WITH BULLETS STILL EMBEDDED IN THEIR  
              BODIES !!

         2.  THESE  FIRECRACKERS  ARE POLLUTING  THE  AIR  THAT  WE  FILIPINOS 
              BREATHE.  AFTER  THE  NEW  YEAR, MANY  OF  US  MAY  HAVE  RESPIRATORY 
              DISEASES. . .THOSE  WITH ASTMA  WILL  REALLY  SUFFER . .

         3.  AFTER THE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, LOTS OF  GARBAGE ARE GENERATED  BY 
             THESE  EXPLODED  FIRECRACKERS.  THE  MOST  LAZY  FILIPINOS  ARE  THOSE
             WHO  EXPLODED  FIRECRACKERS  IN THE  STREETS  DURING THE  NEW YEAR 
             CELEBRATIONS.  THEY  PRODUCED  GARBAGE  BUT  THEY  DONT  WANT  TO  
             CLEAN  THE  STREETS. . THEY  ARE  LEAVING  EVERYTHING  TO  THE  GOVT. .
            .THIS  IS  ONE  OF  THE  REASONS  WHY  WE  ARE  LAGGING  BEHIND  OUR  
             NEIGHBORING  COUNTRIES.  MANY  FILIPINOS  ARE GOOD  FOR  NOTHING. . . .

    IF  CONGRESS WILL NOT  LIFT  A  FINGER  TO  STOP  THE  MANUFACTURING  AND SELLING  OF THESE FIRECRACKERS, STILL THE  LOCAL  GOVERNMENTS  CAN  PASS  LOCAL  ORDINANCES.

    OR  PRESIDENT  NOYNOY  CAN  ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE  ORDER  BANNING  THE  MANUFACTURING  AND  SELLING  OF  FIRECRACKERS  AND  APPOINTING  THAT  COURAGEOUS  DAVAO  CITY  VICE-MAYOR  RODRIGO  DUTERTE  AS  THE  OVER-ALL  COMMANDER  OF A  PRESIDENTIAL  TASK FORCE  WHICH  WILL  ENFORCE  TOTAL BAN ON  FIRECRACKERS  NATIONWIDE. . .

    LET US STOP ONCE AND FOR ALL, THIS TOTAL FILIPINO MADNESS OF EXPLODING FIRECRACKERS WHICH HAS NO CONTRIBUTION TO NATION BUILDING !! TO HELL WITH THAT REASONING THAT THIS IS PART OF FILIPINO CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS AND THEREFORE VERY DIFFICULT TO STOP. . EH BAKIT SI DUTERTE KAYA NYA ??

    • generalproblem

      dina kailangan yan kasi base sa statistic eh pakunti ng pakunti ang gumagamit ng papuputok dahil marami nang tao ang namatay, naimbalido, nasaktan dahil sa paputok. unti unti na yang mamatay yang tradisyon na yan tuwing bagong taon na minana natin sa intsik. ang dapat na gawin ay total ban sa gun ownership dahil marami nagpapaputok tuwing bagong taon.

  • joshua kings

    171 injured per report from 7 hospitals (lang yan)…as of 6am pa….
    HINDI NA NATUTO!   BAKIT?!
    tingnan ninyo yung nasa litrato dito….fear trauma na ang mababasa sa mata niya…baka bulag pa yung kanang mata pag nagkataon o kaya kirat.siya……bakit nangyari sa kanya yun…kasi kaya niyang magpaputok? kasi available yung paputok? mumurahing klase yung pagkagawa ng paputok? ganun lang ba yun? ganun lang ba kababa ang pagpapahalaga sa sarili na siyang pinakamahalaga sa mga lalang ng Diyos?
    yung nagpapaputok ng baril at tumama sa batang yun at patay? di ka ba nakokonsyensa? o lahat kayong nagpaputok ng baril, anong kadiliman ng pagiisip na lumulukob sa inyo at kailangan pa ninyong ilabas yang mga baril ninyo at paputukin sa itaas for no reason at all but to make a noise?
    hayan, ilan ang namatay dahil sa ligaw na bala NINYO!?

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Sabi na nga ba eh. Wa-epek ang war declaration ni Noynoy sa firecrackers. Pati mga pulis violators. Don’t be shy, consult Mayor Duterte of Davao next December to stop this wild and dangerous revelry.

  • vendetta07

    another way to reduce self-inflicted (bobo) firecracker injuries – point and laugh at them



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