Pigs found dead in Oriental Mindoro, prompting Coast Guard investigation

The dead pigs found in Oriental Mindoro. Photo from provincial government
The dead pigs found in Oriental Mindoro. Photo from provincial government

The Philippine Coast Guard is still trying to determine the persons responsible for throwing several dead hogs into the waters of Oriental Mindoro.

Governor Humerlito Dolor said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo today that all the dead pigs tested negative for African Swine Fever. Fishermen found 30 of them floating in the waters off Naujan town last month.

“We’re waiting for the result of the investigation of the Coast Guard, about who passed by our waters because we couldn’t find out who threw them away,” Dolor said in English and Filipino.

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“The Coast Guard hasn’t released the record yet, the maritime traffic before Jan. 25, because that is how we can determine who passed by [our province] so we can identify who threw [the pigs],” the governor added.

He added that there is a ship that passed by Naujan that confessed to having about 127 dead pigs on board, but the crew did not say how these animals were removed from the vessel.

“Up to now, there is no admission on how they disposed of it,” Dolor said.

The governor added that according to maritime laws, dead animals can be thrown from a ship if the vessel is located 100 kilometers away from the nearest landmass.

“But between Marinduque and Naujan, Oriental Mindoro is less than 100 kilometers. So [throwing them away] is really prohibited,” he said.



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