A three-month-old boy was killed and several others were injured by stray bullets at the height of New Year’s Day revelry in different parts of the country.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) identified the boy as Von Alexander Llagas, a resident of Barangay Anonang in Caoayan town, Ilocos Sur.
The reports said the infant was sleeping when he was hit in the head by a stray bullet from unknown caliber of firearms. Llagas died while being treated a nearby hospital.
Stray bullets also injured Rhauz Angelo Corpuz, 2 of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte; Wilson Fulgencio, 8, of Tantangan, South Cotabato; Rosa Mia Deruta, 12, of Paranaque City and Alex Afuang, 30, of Quezon City, Mury Calderon, 26, of Navotas City; Chito Corpuz, 37 of Tumauini, Isabela; Raul Alday, 43 of Candelaria, Quezon and Junel de Chavez, 22 of Bacoor City, Cavite.
The incidents came even as the PNP intensified its campaign against the illegal firing of weapons and taped the muzzle of the service firearms of policemen and even security guards and private security personnel.
PNP reports also said that 203 incidents related to the campaign against the sale and use of illegal and banned firecrackers and indiscriminate firing of guns have been monitored by the police since December 16, 2013.
The incidents resulted in the arrest of at least 34 individuals for sale and use of illegal and banned firecrackers and illegal discharged of firearms and resulted to the seizure of 13,692 various types of firecrackers.
Police also recorded three fire incidents related to use of firecrackers and fireworks that resulted in the death of one person and injuries to two others.