By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro called on the public on Saturday to report to authorities any information that would help determine the source of dead pigs retrieved from Marikina River.
”Kung meron silang impormasyon o nalalaman kung saan nanggagaling, ipaalam agad sa pamahalaan para matunton natin at yung culprit ay mapanagot natin (If they have information or knowledge of where the pigs came from, they should immediately report it to authorities in order to locate the culprits and held them liable),” Teodoro said.
On Saturday morning, Teodoro told the Manila Bulletin that another dead pig was retrieved from the river in the portion of Barangay Sta. Elena.
This increased the number of hog carcasses retrieved from the waterway to 56. Teodoro has already ordered the testing of pig carcasses to determine if it died due to African Swine Fever (ASF).
The City Veterinary Office said Friday that they have retrieved 55 dead pigs from various portions of Marikina River since Thursday.
Meanwhile, Teodoro said that they are now verifying photos sent by netizens showing shallow graves of pigs that could have been washed off to Marikina River when it rained.
“Dun sa mga litrato na natanggap namin buhat sa mga netizens, nakikita dun na maraming baboy na nilibing na mababaw lamang ang pagkakabaon (According to the photos that we have received from netizens, it showed that a number of pigs were buried on shallow graves),” he said.
“Kaya nung umulan siguro nung nakaraang araw, nahukay ito at inanod (That is why when it rained a few days ago, maybe it was dug up by the water and carried by the current,” he added.
A search party has already been deployed on Friday to trace down the source of the pig carcasses.
On the other hand, Teodoro said that the city government has also been monitoring the prices of poultry and fish products being sold in the markets.
“Binabantayan din natin ang presyo ng ibang bilihin lalo na ang poultry at isda dahil baka may nagsasamantala (We are also monitoring the prices of other goods, especially poultry and fish, because maybe there were some who overpriced their products),” Teodoro said.
“Wala dapat artificial increase ng mga presyo (There should never be an artificial increase of prices),” he stressed.
Dr. Manuel Carlos, city veterinarian, told the Manila Bulletin that the City Veterinary Office was continuing with its regular inspection of pork products being sold in the city.
Personnel from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) on Friday went to the river to retrieve the dead pigs.
Dave David, CDRRMO chief, said Saturday that some of the hogs they retrieved on Friday were already in the state of decomposition while some were already turning dark.
The city government on Friday has reactivated its quarantine checkpoints to prevent the entry and spread of swine diseases affecting some provinces in the country.
Fishing and any water-related activities at the Marikina River have already been banned as the water is now being checked for possible contamination.