The Department of Health (DOH) has reported that the number of fireworks has risen from 164 to 288, reported on Thursday.
DOH has reported that 124 cases were added to the earlier reported number of 164; all of which are firework-related cases. The numbers recorded from December 21, 2019 to January 2, 2020 are only 25 cases or 8 percent lower than last year.
They also added that there were no stray bullet injuries or firework indigestion recorded during the period. There were also no recorded deaths due to firework-inflicted injuries.
Most cases were recorded in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 143, followed by Region VI with 29, and Region I with 26.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that President Rodrigo Duterte favors the passage of the bill that would ban all deadly fireworks and pyrotechnics nationwide. “Aba’y kung si Presidente ang masusunod, gusto niya, total ban. But marami ring nakikiusap na pwede naming i-regulate (The President wants the total ban, if only he has a choice. But many have asked him just regulate the use of firecrackers).”