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Firecracker injuries grew by 9%; review of local ban sought

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A man waits for his drug prescription after being treated for his hand injury following the raucous celebration to welcome the New Year Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. AP/Bullit Marquez

The total number of injuries caused by firecrackers from Dec. 21, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014 grew by nine percent from the 2012 Christmas to 2013 New Year period, prompting health officials to renew their calls to review the current laws on the use and sale of firecrackers and other explosives.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Only buying public can end ‘piccolo’ menace, says PNP

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Remember the “watusi?”

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Firecracker injuries hit 933 cases

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A father rushes his daughter to a hospital after being hit with a stray bullet following the raucous celebration to welcome the New Year Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, in Manila. The sheer recalcitrance of traders, among others, contributed to the shocking rise in the number of fireworks-related New Year’s Eve injuries this year, which reached 933 cases on Friday, health authorities said.  AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

The sheer recalcitrance of traders, the stubbornness of revelers, the authorities’ preoccupation with the tragic aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” even the notorious corruption at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

2-year-old boy hit by stray bullet in Digos City

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A two-year-old boy here ended up in a hospital after a wayward bullet hit him on the left hand as residents here welcomed the New Year 12 a.m. Wednesday, the police said Thursday.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Firecracker injuries breaches 800 mark

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A firecracker victim arrives at Dr. Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during New Year revelry.  PHOTO BY RICHARD REYES

The number of firecracker-related injuries has reached 804 as of 6 a.m. Thursday, Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Eric Tayag said.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

262 hurt by firecrackers, stray bullet, says DOH

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Despite warnings against use of firecrackers and indiscriminate firing of guns, the number of people injured has increased from 244 on Dec. 30 to 262 as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, said Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

New Year-related injuries rise to 244

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The number of people injured in New Year-related cases rose from 198 Sunday to 244 as of 6 a.m. Monday, according to Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag.

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DOH calls for alternative noise makers as 21 hurt by firecrackers since Dec. 21

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Health officials renewed its appeal to the public to use alternative methods of noise-making for the Christmas and New Year revelry as it recorded a total of 21 cases of fireworks-related injuries as of Tuesday morning.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Firecracker injury toll rises to 800

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The number of people injured by firecrackers during the Christmas and New Year holidays rose Thursday to nearly 800, still about 21 percent lower than the total injuries reported last year, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Posted: January 4th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Davao City reports no injuries but 106, mostly minors, arrested

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Davao City

There were no firecracker injuries in this city. There was a lot of noise—from the shrieks of children aboard a convoy of vehicles going round and round the village, to the wailing of sirens and ambulances, the clanging of metal against metal—as people went around banging pans and ladles and rhythmically honking cars and revving car engines, as the city greeted the New Year.

Posted: January 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Fewer firecracker injuries during Christmas holidays reported

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There were fewer firecracker injuries last Christmas Day compared with the number of cases reported in 2011, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.

There were fewer firecracker injuries last Christmas Day compared with the number of cases reported in 2011, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.

Posted: December 27th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cebu records 9 firecracker injuries on Christmas Day

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At least nine firecracker blast victims on Tuesday were treated in different hospitals in Cebu and Mandaue cities.

Posted: December 25th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Holiday season injuries breach 1,000 mark

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The number of people injured during the holiday season has breached the 1,000 mark, the Department of Health said Thursday.

Posted: January 5th, 2012 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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