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Negros Occ firecracker injuries jump to 89

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The number of firecracker-related injuries increased to 89 in Negros Occidental, as of January 3, according to reports from the Provincial Health Office.

Eighty one cases were reported in 23 local government units of Negros Occidental, and eight in highly urbanized Bacolod City.

Talisay City and Binalbagan have the most number of victims at 13 and 11, respectively.

The Provincial Health Office reported that the firecracker related injuries were caused by ‘triangulo’ at 19 percent, five star, candle bomb, and boga boga at 11 percent each, kwitis at 10 percent, whistle bombs at seven percent, along with other government allowed fireworks.

On the other hand, the Police Regional Office 6 logged 153 firecracker-related injuries in Western Visayas, which is much lower compared to last year’s 202, which it attributed to the aggressive and strict law enforcement activities, in collaboration with the Department of Health regional offices.

PRO 6 also recorded two stray bullet incidents, which are now being investigated, compared to three last year.

Western Visayas police also logged one case of indiscriminate firing after the New Year festivities.

PRO 6 reported confiscation of P72,775 worth of assorted firecrackers, in violation of RA 7183, which regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution, and use of illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.*

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