Panelo reiterated that if PresidentDuterte would have his way, the chief executive would still push for a totalban on firecrackers. “Kungsi President masusunod, gusto niya total ban pero marami din nakikusap na i-regulate so siguro ‘yun muna,” Panelo said. (ABS-CBN News/PN) Firecracker-related injuries were down35 percent from Dec. 21 to early morning of Jan. 1 during the same comparableperiod leading to New Year’s Day 2019, the Department of Health (DOH) saidWednesday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque hadsaid that Duterte’s 2017 executive order limiting the use of firecrackers inthe country could be credited for the decrease, along with the informationcampaign of the DOH. MANILA – The downward trend on reportedfirework-related injuries shows the relative success of the government’s campaignagainst personal and residential use of firecrackers, Presidential SpokesmanSalvador Panelo said Thursday. “It should be relatively successfulgiven that there is a downtrend in injuries, 35 percent, malaki na ang 35 percent atwalang deaths ah, ‘yun ang significant dun,” Panelo said in a Palace press briefing. A boy injured from a fireworks accident is being treated at a hospital during New Year’s Eve celebrations. Firecracker-related injuries were down 35 percent from Dec. 21, 2019 to early morning of Jan. 1, 2020 during the same comparable period, says the Department of Health. MARK CRISTINO/EPA He, however, added thatfirecracker-related injuries may still be avoided in the future.