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Heard on Inquirer Radio 990AM: Pa of stray bullet victim on justice

We are still facing a blank wall as far as the case of my daughter is concerned. It has been a year now and our thought that justice is for everyone seems to be no longer true.—Jay Ella, father of Stephanie Ella who died from a stray bullet on New Year’s Eve of 2013 in Caloocan City

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | 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 »

New Year’s Eve tally of injuries increasing

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Police in Ilocos Sur province on Thursday formed a task force to look for a person who fired the gun whose bullet killed 3-month-old Von Alexander Llagas in Caoayan town on New Year’s Eve as more cases of stray-bullet injuries were reported across the country.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Stray bullet kills baby

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. Children were the most vulnerable victims of the New Year’s Eve “big bang” revelry, highlighted by the death of a 3-month-old who was hit by a stray bullet in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur province.  AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

Children were the most vulnerable victims of the New Year’s Eve “big bang” revelry, highlighted by the death of a 3-month-old who was hit by a stray bullet in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur province.   The bullet pierced the head of Von Alexander Llagas as he slept beside his father, Valeriano, in their house in Barangay [...]

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cops, docs brace for New Year’s ‘big bang’

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Incidents of injuries from stray bullets have been increasing with the coming of the New Year, an indication that trigger-happy gun owners, including policemen, have not learned their lessons of people who died from stray bullets in past New Year revelries.   The Department of Health (DOH) had recorded 262 revelry-related injuries as of 6 [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Baguio bans firecrackers, neighboring town OK’s it

‘KWITIS’ (SKYROCKETS) FOR SALE  Kwitis, among the most popular pyrotechnic products that revelers use to greet the New Year, are displayed on Paulate Street in Guinobatan, Albay, awaiting buyers.  NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Firecracker stalls were put up on Monday along Marcos Highway in Tuba town, Benguet, spoiling the summer capital’s campaign to end firecracker injuries, at least in the mountain resort city.

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

‘Firecracker injuries worse this year’

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‘KWITIS’ (SKYROCKETS) FOR SALE  Kwitis, among the most popular pyrotechnic products that revelers use to greet the New Year, are displayed on Paulate Street in Guinobatan, Albay, awaiting buyers.  NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Health officials are worried that this year will be “worse” than the past five years as cases of fireworks-related injuries continue to rise before the New Year, even as a growing number of local governments have banned the use of firecrackers in welcoming 2014.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Animal lovers appeal: Forgo firecrackers to welcome 2014

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Firecrackers are not only harmful to humans but animals too.

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Did you know: New Year-related injuries

From Dec. 21, 2012, to Jan. 5, 2013, the Department of Health recorded a total of 931 New Year-related injuries. Of the total cases, 904 were due to fireworks, 25 from stray bullets, while 2 were cases of firecracker ingestion.—Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Myanmar to fete 2013 with first public countdown

Workers prepare to set up a stage as preparations are underway for the country's first ever public New Year's countdown celebration, at Myoma grounds in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Myanmar will ring in the new year with its first public countdown and a grand fireworks display Monday night in a celebration unprecedented in the former military-ruled country. AP/Khin Maung Win

Myanmar will ring in the new year with its first public countdown and a grand fireworks display Monday night in a celebration unprecedented in the former military-ruled country.

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

World to welcome in New Year with a bang

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In this Dec. 31, 2011 file photo, confetti flies over New York's Times Square as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration as seen from the balcony of the Marriott Marquis hotel. It’s no small task making sure the annual celebration remains safe, but the New York City police use an array of security measures for the event that turns the "Crossroads of the World" into a massive street party in the heart of Manhattan. AP/Mary Altaffer

Sydney will Monday kick off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013 from Dubai to Moscow and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time.

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Caloocan designates firecracker zones

The Caloocan City government has ordered the designation of firecracker zones throughout the city as residents prepare to greet the New Year with a bang.

Posted: December 26th, 2012 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Makati sets bigger New Year party

The Makati City government is promising “a different and more exciting” street party and New Year’s Eve countdown on Dec. 31.

Posted: December 26th, 2012 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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