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Firecracker injuries hit 933 cases

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 »

PNP forms task force to find gunman in child’s stray bullet death


Police in Ilocos Sur province formed on Thursday a task force to look for a man, who fired the gun that sent out a bullet that killed a three-month-old Von Alexander Llagas here on New Year’s eve.

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

Arroyos want pros to light firecrackers

Former President and now Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. AP FILE PHOTO

Detained former President turned Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has filed a bill that would make it illegal for minors to handle firecrackers, and allowing only trained, certified professionals to light the explosives on New Year’s Eve.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Firecracker users up despite plea by authorities


Despite the authorities’ appeal to the public to use alternative methods of noise-making for the holiday revelries, the number of firecracker users has increased this year, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘She’s our drum, thundering for tougher gun laws’

GRADE 1 pupils at Tala Elementary School on Friday found themselves attending a most unusual program on campus: 
A necrological service for Nicole, a classmate killed by a stray bullet during the New Year revelry. PHOTO BY MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

The gates of Tala Elementary School in Caloocan City opened on Friday for one of its most accomplished students—not in celebration, but in mournful farewell.

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »