New Year claims lone bullet victim

Except for an incident in which a woman was hit by a stray bullet in Dumaguete City, no major injuries related to firecrackers throughout the province was reported during the New Year revelry.

Provincial Fire Marshall Supt. Mary Joy Candelario said that they have not received reports of other victims of stray bullets, fire incidents and injuries from firecrackers during the celebrations to welcome the New Year.

Dumaguete City Chief-of-Police Supt. Jonathan Pineda also bared that there are no injuries or conflagration caused by firecrackers considering the strict implementation regulating the manufacture, sale and use of pyrotechnics particularly those banned under the law.

However, a 30-year-old woman identified as Aian L. Bejarasco sustained abrasion at the right portion of her shoulder allegedly caused by a stray bullet. Authorities recovered one piece of slug from an undetermined firearm.

Bejarasco claimed that while she and her family joined their neighbors in Barangay Batinguel to welcome the New Year, she felt a searing pain on her right shoulder. Her relatives brought her to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital for medical treatment but was treated as an outpatient. After taking the X-ray examination, she was advised to go home and continue the medication.