Lambanog kills 10 in Laguna

December 07, 2018

CAMP Brig. Gen. Vicente Lim, Bgy. Canlubang, Calamba City, Laguna -- Ten persons died after drinking a local wine locally known as lambanog in Laguna.

Immediately, the Calamba City Health Office has ordered the suspension of the sale of lambanog in the city following the death earlier of five persons after a drinking spree in Bgy. Sucol this city.

City Health Officer Dr. Adelino Dennis Labro said this is to avoid further deaths, pending the investigation and the result of the samples they sent to the Food and Drug Administration for toxicology analysis.

The plastic bottle containing the lambanog which the police obtained only shows the brand name “BOSSING PURE LAMBANOG TUMADOR”, with no manufacturer’s name, address and no FDA registration number.

Calamba City chief of police Supt. Harold Depositar identified the fatalities as  Jonathan Barceta, 36,, single, former lifeguard who died on Nov. 29, 2018; Jesus Olanday, who died on Dec. 1, Roderick Martinez, 38, construction worker (Dec. 2), Cornelio Opulencia, 58, married, fisherman (Dec. 3), and Nestor Mancay, 63, single, fisherman (Dec. 5), all residents of Bgy. Sucol.

Depositar said that according to the relatives of the victims, they suffered severe stomach pain, headache, vomiting, paralysis and loss of sight after consuming the alcoholic beverage.

Police coordinated with the officials of Bgy. Sucol and was able to recover from three sari-sari store owners 13 bottles of 350 ml. and six pieces of one liter of the said liquor.

The store owners, who have no permits to sell liquor, said the stocks came from San Juan, Batangas.

Investigation also disclosed that on Nov. 28, Barceta had a drinking spree with four other friends. He was seen the following day in a bad shape and was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

The four others continue drinking at Barceta’s wake without knowing that the brand of lambanog they were drinking was the same as the one that killed their friend.

The following day, the four died one after the other.

Meanwhile in Bgy. Pooc, Sta. Rosa City, four persons were killed while two others survived also after drinking the same brand of lambanog on Dec. 1.

Like the victims from Calamba City, they also suffered poor eyesight, dizziness, stomach cramps and vomitting after drinking the liquor and died one after the other the next day.

Police identified the victims as Roy Basbas, Severino Callos, Hermino Caramay and Gonzalo La Torre Jr.

Antonio Jeremias is still unconcious at the Philippine General Hospital while Robert Cruz survived.

Police are still investigating the case.