By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
The number of dead pigs retrieved from Marikina River rose to 58 on Monday as the African swine fever (ASF) continues to strike fear.
Dr. Manuel Carlos, head of the City Veterinary Services Office (VSO), said two more hog carcasses were retrieved from the Barangay Sta. Elena side of the river.
Since Thursday last week, local authorities fished out 56 dead pigs seen floating on various portions of the 27-kilometer watercourse. Upon the advice of the Department of Agriculture, the carcasses were immediately buried 10 feet below the ground to ensure that possible diseases brought about by swines will not spread.
Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro had earlier said the city government is mulling the filing of civil and criminal charges against those behind improper disposal of the carcasses in the river. But no culprit has been identified yet.
“We are serious in filing cases against the culprit [or] whoever would be found in violation of the Clean Water Act, and sanitation law,” Teodoro said.
“We will file a civil case to claim the damages incurred for the man-hours, equipment, and manpower used by the city government to retrieve and bury the pigs,” he added.
Teodoro has temporarily banned fishing, swimming, and any other water-related activities in Marikina River pending the test conducted to determine the condition of water running through the river.
Meanwhile, Carlos explained that African swine fever is different from the Swine flu.
“The Swine flu could potentially infect humans while the African swine fever is not infectious to humans,” he said.