22 firecracker, 3 stray bullet victims in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 January 2013 14:55

Authorities have recorded a total of 22 victims of firecracker-related incidents as well as three stray bullets victims from December 21 until the New Year revelry in Zamboanga City.

OIC City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo on Tuesday announced that all of the victims have been declared “out of danger.”

Thirteen of the victims were recorded by the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) from December 21 until December 31.

The oldest among the victims of firecracker-related incidents is a 47-year-old fishing boat crew who lost three fingers—thumb, index and middle—on his right hand to a “super lolo” firecracker.

Super lolo is an over-sized triangle-type of firecracker, which has been banned by the authorities since it is strong enough to inflict injuries.

Meanwhile, policemen under OIC-City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo were trying to determine the identities of those who fired their guns during the New Year’s Eve revelry  that wounded three persons in Mampang and Tugbungan.

De Ocampo and his men have mounted a thorough investigation right after receiving reports that three persons identified as Elvira Aurea, 45, married, of Canelar Drive, Mampang, Robert Places, 21, of single of Km. 7, Mampang and Jonathan Bacane, 14, of Tugbungan were admitted to the hospital after they were hit by stray bullets.

Aurea sustained a bullet wound in the right knee while she was at their residence around 12:30 a.m.

Palces was hit in the right armpit while in Mampang around 12:45 a.m.

Bacane sustained a bullet wound in the left upper wrist around 12:50 a.m.

Police said that Aurea was inside their house sleeping when she was awakened by a pain in the right knee.

Palces was having a drinking spree with some friends when he was hit by a stray bullet.

Bacane was at their house when he was hit by the stray bullet. — With report from Dan Toribio Jr.