Two more fireworks casualties tallied as injury toll hits 600

MANILA, Philippines — Four Filipino teams will be seeing action in a 3×3 basketball competition in Singapore this weekend.

Uratex Dream and Uratex Tibay will take part in the Jumpshot 3×3 International Tournament at the Bukit Panjang Plaza in Singapore.

The Dream side will be headed by former NU Lady Bulldog Kaye Pingol, Sam Harada, Mikka Cacho and Eunique Chan.

On the other hand, Tibay will be led by Shanda Anies, Cecilia Junsay, April Siat and Ford Grajales.

In the men’s competition, Samboy de Leon, Matt Salem, Rey Telen and Xyrus Torres of TNT Triple Giga, as well as David Carlos, Kirt Jungoy, Eldridge Ocana and Myanmar’s Thiha Htin will spearhead the Kabayan Pilipinas.

The two Uratex clubs will be using the competition as a test as they are set to compete in the Manila Hustle 3×3 Season 2 in February.

Uratex Tibay will be playing in Pool A of the women’s competition.

Here, they will be facing BAS Women A and J3 of Singapore, Dinoman Hansol of Korea and Yokohama Gflow of Japan.

The Dream, meanwhile, will be in Pool B, along with BAS Women B and Regina of Singapore, CT Tigers of Thailand and Malaysia Rising Star.

The top two teams of the pool will advance to the semifinals of the tournament, with a $4,000 cash prize at stake.

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) logged a new death due to firecracker explosion and four new stray bullet injury (SBI) cases after the celeb ration of New Year. 

In a statement Friday, the health department said that a 44-year-old male died in the same blast incident, with the first casualty  a 38-year-old man from the Ilocos Region who lit a cigarette while drinking alcohol with other individuals near firecrackers.

Meanwhile, among victims of SB are a 28-year-old female from CALABARZON who sustained a gunshot wound (GSW) to her right arm while watching fireworks; and a 22-year-old female and her 26-year-old brothe r from the Ilocos region who sustained GWS.

The fourth victim is a 22-year-old male from Northern Mindanao who was shot in h is right arm while celebrating with his family. 

Fifteen new cases of fireworks-related injuries (FWRI) were also logged by the health department. 

On Friday, the DOH tallied a total of 600 FWRI, with 313 cases coming from the NCR.

NCR is followed by Ilocos Region with 61; CALABARZON with 49; Central Luzon with 42.

The lowest recorded number of injuries, meanwhile, are recorded in Davao Region with two; Eastern Visayas and MIMAROPA with both three cases .

The DOH said 592 injuries tallied are due to fireworks, while one case is due to Watusi ingestion and seven were due to stray bullets. Four out of 10 cases involved illegal firecrackers. 

Ninety-six percent of the FWRI cases happened at home and on the streets where 375 of the new cases involved legal fireworks.

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