By Nel Andrade
ANGONO, RIZAL – The smell rotting led fishermen here to the carcasses of three pigs floating among the water hyacinths in Laguna Lake Wednesday.
Initially thought to be dead dog or cat, a dead pig was first to be found, in the Wawa area of the lake.
Fishermen guarding their boats in the same area came upon a plastic sack that contained two more decaying pigs.
Three dog carcasses were also found in the lake.
Dr. Joel Tuplano, head of the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), who is also the municipal veterinarian confirmed to Manila Bulletin that the dead animals were indeed pigs.
Tuplano said the dead pigs were buried in a pit near the lake immediately after their retrieval. No samples were taken from the animals since they were already decomposing.
He said the pigs could not have come from any of the local backyard piggeries since the municipal government has been regularly monitoring the health condition of the hogs and conducting meat inspections in the town’s slaughterhouse.
Earlier this week, Mayor Jerimae Calderon met with meat dealers in Angono to remind them of the strict measures to prevent the entry of African swine fever (ASF) into the municipality.
Tuplano said the dead pigs and dogs could have been swept in by the strong current coming from the waterways of Marikina, Pasig, Cainta, and Taytay through the Manggahan Floodway, the waterway that leads to Laguna Lake.
Last week, several dead pigs were found in Marikina River in Marikina City and the Agriculture Department has confirmed that the death of the pigs in a poultry farm in Rodriguez, and Antipolo City, were linked to ASF.
The office of Calderon has yet to issue an official statement on the issue as of late Thursday morning.