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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 »

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

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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

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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

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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’

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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 »

Call for total gun ban up

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The death of 7-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella by celebratory gunfire in Caloocan City on New Year’s Eve and the shooting rampage three days later in Kawit town in Cavite province that left eight people dead and 12 others wounded on Friday have drawn attention to a number of gun-control measures that have been rotting in Congress.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

’Cracker injured rise to 862

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Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag: Don’t self-medicate. LYN RILLON

The number of persons injured by firecrackers during the holidays has risen to 862, the Department of Health said on Saturday.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

242 gun owners living in Nicole neighborhood

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Stephanie Nicole Ella (second from left), her 5-year-old brother Ken and her cousins eagerly await New Year’s Eve outside their home in Caloocan City unaware that she would be hit by a stray bullet at midnight. Note date on photo at right. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELLA FAMILY

As many as 242 gun owners live in the neighborhood of Stephanie Nicole Ella, the 7-year-old girl who was hit and killed by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve, records of the Philippine National Police showed.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Nicole a born entertainer, says grandma

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With a seemingly unlimited source of energy, Stephanie Nicole Ella, the 7-year-old girl hit and killed by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve, entertained everyone in her family, according to her grandmother.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Man shot dead for using firecrackers

A MAN was killed while his friend was wounded after they were shot by their neighbors who confronted them for using firecrackers on New Year’s Eve in barangay Babag 1, Lapu-Lapu City.

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 in CDN - Metro,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Pope: Goodness prevails amid the bad news

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Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of a difficult year on Monday by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

DOH: ’Crackers toll falls by 17%; zero injuries in Davao City

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In much of the country, the trend was toward a significant reduction of firecracker-related injuries during the raucous New Year’s Eve celebrations, according to health officials.

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Ranjilo dead; Nicole fights for life

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Hooked to a respirator and fighting for her life at the intensive care unit (ICU) of a Quezon City hospital, 7-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella is a far cry from the lively “Gangnam”-dancing girl who welcomed the new year with her family.

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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