PRRD TO FIRECRACKER MANUFACTURER: “YOU DO NOT ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURIES”
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte blamed fireworks manufacturers for selling products ‘beyond the normal level of safety’.
On Monday , the President said the lack of mechanism to hold firecracker manufacturers accountable for injuries is part of the reason he is mulling a total ban.
Duterte pointed out that several Filipino children suffer fireworks-related injuries every year.
“Ang binabantayan nga every year is that we are glued on the TV and waiting for announcement of how many have suffered, ilan ang patay,” he said.
Earlier this month, Duterte said he was planning to totally ban the use of firecrackers in 2021.
His statement was met with resistance from fireworks vendors in Bocaue, who said their lives depended on the industry.