By Glazyl Masculino
BACOLOD CITY – Personnel of Police Station 9 here arrested a 29-year-old man from Barangay Singcang-Airport here at a check-up point in Barangay Sum-ag after he was caught trying to transport about 200 kilos of “hot meat” here on Sunday, May 3.
Lt. Jonito Pastrana, head of Police Station 9, said that the suspect was supposed to deliver the pork meat to one of the markets here, which he refused to divulge.
Pastrana said that the suspect told them that the meat was slaughtered in Valladolid, Negros Occidental. But what raised the police’s suspicion was that the city’s designated slaughter house was in Barangay Handumanan.
Pastrana said that the suspect had a food pass to travel, but he failed to show documents to prove that the meat underwent the proper procedure for slaughter.
Upon the verification of the City Task Force Botagoy, it was found out that it was illegally slaughtered.
The task force is a monitoring body that ensures that the meat offered for sale to the public are healthy and sale for human consumption.
He said the recovered “hot meat” were turned over to the City Veterinary Office.
The suspect was placed under police custody but was released fours hour later.