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
By Tina G. Santos
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).
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.
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 [...]
By Kristine Felisse Mangunay and Marlon Ramos
, Tina G. Santos
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 [...]