Smog from New Year's revelry is seen in Antipolo city, Philippines January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Czar Dancel
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Fears that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte would harshly punish revelers who celebrate the New Year with firecrackers caused a "remarkable" decline in injuries, the health minister said Sunday.Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said injuries during this year's revelry were the lowest in 10 years after Duterte said he was considering repeating a ban on firecrackers which he implemented when mayor of his southern home town of Davao.Ubial said 350 were injured by firecrackers and fireworks this year compared to a 10-year average of 1,000 .Duterte said he was concerned about children, who make up most of the victims.
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