TE BEA80% cases victims of firecracker escalated in Central Luzon

By Jason de Asis


CAMP OLIVAS, San Fernando, Pampanga, January 5, 2011-As per record showed by the PNP authorities in Central Luzon, victims of firecrackers escalated to 80 percent as they celebrated the Yuletide season until New Year.


Although watusi sparklers, piccolo, pla-pla, five-star, goodbye Philippines, five star and other firecrackers are banned by the law, these were still the leading cause of injuries in Region 3 as per record showed to newsmen in Camp Olivas, adding that there were over 80 percent more cases of firecracker injuries in the last Christmas season, compared to the previous Yuletide holidays.

Since last December up to New Year’s Day, there are more than 225 cases of injuries in Central Luzon due to the used of banned firecrackers according to the report. The province of Pampanga recorded 75 injuries, followed by Bulacan-53 cases, Tarlac-34, Nueva Ecija-30, Angeles City-15, Bataan-13, Zambales-4 and Olongapo City-3.


Much more with firecracker victims, the authorities received reports that two victims of stray bullets were also recorded. A certain Leonardo Reyes, 54, of Sitio Bangag, barangay General Lim in Orion, Bataan, and Imelda Cayanan, 75, of barangay Sta. Monica in Masantol, Pampanga, were hit by stray bullets in the evening of New Year. Both of them were brought to the nearest hospital for medication while the culprits who fired firearms are still at large. (Jason de Asis)