3 kids die after a dip in suspected toxic river



DUMAGUETE CITY—Three children died on Thursday at Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital after falling ill, less than 24 hours after swimming at a river in Siaton town, Negros Oriental.

The relatives of the children suspected that Maloh River was contaminated because at the time they went swimming on Wednesday, the residents found dead fish floating on the river.

The fatalities were identified as Justine Bahandi, 3, and his cousins, Ranmil Tabilon, 6, and elder sister Sandy, 8.

Three of the Tabilon siblings—Ramil, 4, Randy, 13, and Recel, 3—were also in the hospital where physicians were monitoring their conditions.

Mildred Tabilon said her five children and their cousin Bahandi took a dip in the river after their classes at 4 p.m. on Wednesday before going home.

On Thursday morning, her five children complained of abdominal pain. “They were sweating and crying because of stomach pain. They were vomiting [something] black,” she said.

She said they immediately brought the children to the hospital. Bahandi died a few minutes after arrival and Ranmil and Sandy died a few hours later.

Artemio Tabilon, grandfather of the children, said the river could have been contaminated with pesticides or chemicals used in the farms because Maloh River is surrounded by mango plantations and rice fields.

The Siaton health office sent a team to the area to investigate the matter. Carine Asutilla, Inquirer Visayas


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  • bogli_anakdami


    there’s no such thing as toxic river in flipland…

    like pasig river, it’s naturally black and smells like squats…

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Should thanks the unscrupulous “elites” for smuggling world wide ban cheap poisonous pesticides, like Danding Cojuangco did with endosulfan at the time the sulpicio “Princess of Cebu” sunk. Soon wild life, seas, lands and peoples will be totally destroyed for ever by few greedy abusers.

    So sorry for this innocent family and children’s tragedy, paying with their lives the corrupt Justice. 

  • Melanio Calayeg

    Somebody should be held accountable to this incident?

  • pinoy63

    somebody should regulate the dumping of pesticide in our rivers, local gov’t should make a law requiring mango contactors/sprayers to get a permit first before spraying any mango tree,, by then we can avoid the unfortunate incident to happen again. Tsaka di na nila  mapollute ang  mga ilog at dagat sa probinsya natin, any congressman, provincial board members, or SB’s reading this news? pagkakataon nyo na to na may maiwanang legacy sa  bayan nyo, hindi yung tanggap lang kayo ng tanngap ng honorarium tapos ala ginagawa kundi magpasikat.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      The control has to be done up stream, 
      at the importation or in the factory, 
      to avoid to turned the country and seas into dead places, 
      its almost done for the rivers and seas, 

      the next on the list are Peoples !

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