4 dead after allegedly drinking local whiskey in Camarines Sur
IRIGA CITY – Four people died, while 50 were closely being monitored, after allegedly drinking a local whiskey in this city, police said Wednesday.
SPO1 Glenn Loquias, spokesperson of the Iriga City police, said a man from Quezon City, went to Barangay Sta. Maria to advertise alkaline concentrated drink products and plant fertilizers on Friday (June 29).
Local resident Dominador Taduran, who was interviewed by the Inquirer, said the man was convincing him to sell his products called “Re-mineralizing drops.”
He said the man, whose driver was from the same village, offered a drinking spree as consolation (pa-consuelo) to the people in the neighborhood.
“He mixed the drink in the pitcher inside his car, that is why we have no idea what it was,” he said.
Relatives of those who died said the victims vomited and felt extreme heat after drinking the whiskey.
Loquias said Regio Oliveros, 39, and Edwin Dela Cruz, 63, died last Sunday (July 1); while Luis Nicolas Jr. 69, died the next day.
The latest casualty, Sonny Castillo, 47, died before dawn Tuesday. Police were still investigating the incident, while the four victims were brought to the funeral homes for autopsy.
The police also recovered the products allegedly used by the man in mixing the drink and it would be brought to the Food and Drug Administration for tests.
Police were still looking for the man, who was still at large as of Wednesday.
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