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 [...]
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.
By Niña P. Calleja
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.
By Maricar B. Brizuela
Firecrackers are not only harmful to humans but animals too.
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
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.
By Amy Coopes
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.
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.
The Makati City government is promising “a different and more exciting” street party and New Year’s Eve countdown on Dec. 31.