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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 02, 2012

 

Samar welcomes New Year 2012 peacefully

by Ninfa B Quirante

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, Jan 2 (PIA) -- Samar province welcomed the new year, 2012, peacefully according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Police Director Nolasco Bathan, in a text message, said that Samar province was generally peaceful this new year.

Samar provincial hospital said that there were two victims of firecrackers from Catbalogan named Alejandro Gilhay, 24, and Rex Obrero, 6, who sustained first degree burns and were immediately sent home after treatment.

“There were also three victims of firecrackers and an incident of grenade explosion in Calbayog City,” the text message of Bathan said.

The grenade explosion marred an otherwise peaceful new year revelry.

On December 31, a grenade exloded killing two in Barangay Hugon Rosales, and spared two others.

Police are still investigating the matter and could not give any more details as of press time.

Despite the death of the two new year revelers, the PNP declared Samar, as still generally peaceful.

Catbalogan PNP attributed the ‘peaceful Samar’ this new year to the police visibility, the constant reminder of the health office as regards Iwas Paputok and the fire department’s regular roving addressing the public to avoid firecrackers and fire. (NBQ/PIA 8-Samar)

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