MANILA - The city government of Marikina will file charges against those behind the illegal dumping of dead pigs in Marikina River, Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said Monday, amid fears that African swine fever (ASF) is now spreading in the metro.
The mayor said the dumping of the dead hogs is a violation of the Clean Water Act and the country's Sanitation Code.
"Di naman nila kasalanan 'yung namatayan sila. Ang kasalanan dun 'yung maling pagdispose nitong mga patay na katawan ng baboy. May proper procedure 'yan, binabaon nang malalim, dini-disinfect para di kumalat ang virus," he told radio DZMM.
(It's not their fault their livelihood died, the mistake there was the wrong disposal of these dead pigs. There's a proper procedure: you bury it deep and disinfect it so the virus will not spread.)
The city is also coordinating with Rizal provincial government in identifying the origin of the dead pigs, Teodoro said.
He said the pigs could not have come from Marikina itself since backyard hog-raising is prohibited in the city and the river's flow is downstream.
"Wala namang piggery dito sa Marikina at matagal na sa ating pinagbawal 'yang pag-aalaga ng baboy sa likuran ng bahay," he said.
(There are no piggeries here in Marikina and we have long banned backyard hog-raising.)
A total of 55 dead pigs were found in Marikina as of Friday. In Quezon City, 6 dead pigs were also discovered in a creek in Barangay Bagong Silangan, which leads to the Marikina River.
Seven areas in the provinces of Rizal and Bulacan were initially identified by the Department of Agriculture to be affected with ASF, but Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the agency would not yet announce the areas in order to avoid panic.