House committee on appropriations chairman Karlo Nograles credited President Rodrigo Duterte for the 68-percent decline in firecracker-related injuries this year.
In a statement, the Davao City congressman said the lower incidence of injuries “proves that Filipinos have now embraced President Duterte’s brand of discipline and leadership.”
“It shows that, more than ever, Filipinos are now willing to follow directives that are for the greater good. This gives me great expectations and hope for our country and our people,” Nograles said in a statement.
The Davao lawmaker said the reduction in injuries reported by the Department of Health (DOH) last Monday could be attributed in large part to an executive order (EO) signed by Duterte in June 2017.
The directive, EO 28, regulates the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, which by Filipino tradition are the highlight of New Year’s Eve celebrations. In order to promote safety from firecracker-related injuries, the EO states that “the use of firecrackers shall henceforth be confined to community fireworks display.”
“As we all know, tradition based on superstition is always hard to break. But Filipinos have now opened their minds to President Duterte’s style of leadership, which is tough but well-meaning,” Nograles said.
“This was evident when, upon his assumption of the Palace seat in 2016, hundreds of thousands of drug suspects voluntarily surrendered to authorities. Our countrymen understood that fighting the drug menace required a collective effort, which was Duterte’s message all along,” he said.
On Monday, the DOH announced that firecracker-related injuries recorded between December 21, 2017 and January 1, 2018 only amounted to 191. There were 630 such injuries tallied from December 21, 2016 to January 5, 2017.