Farmer dies, 6 others hospitalized in Quezon
CANDELARIA, Quezon — A farmer died while six others including a woman were hospitalized after drinking coconut wine locally called lambanog at Bgy. Sta. Catalina Sur, here.
Quezon police director Col. Audie Madrideo said Ernesto Aguilar, 54, of said village died while being treated in the hospital six hours after he and his drinking buddies were rushed by their neighbors.
Madrideo identified the other drinkers as Fernando Aguilar, 53, Christian Aguilar, 25, David Tamagos, 22, Armando Aguilar, 34, Nelson Aguilar, 57 and Aguilar, 48, all residents of same village and relatives of Ernesto.
Probers said the group bought coconut wine at “Rey Lambanog” owned and managed by Nicanor Reyes, 54, native of Lucena City and resident of Bgy Tipas, San Juan Batangas and started the drinking spree at about 6 p.m.
At about 2:41 a.m., they said Ernesto suddenly lost his consciousness and was followed by all his drinking buddies one after the other due to severe abdominal pain.
They were rushed to Peter Paul Hospital and United Candelaria Doctors Hospital due to severe abdominal pain.
But Ernesto eventually died at 9:28 a.m. due to acute respiratory syndrome.
Fernando and Christian are both in comatose stage while the four are already declared out of danger.
After learning of the incident, Candelaria Mayor Macario Boongaling asked all store owners and lambanog distributiors to temporarily cease from selling their products pending the investigation on the incident.
Calabarzon police director Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. also advised all the provincial directors and chiefs of police to caution all lambanog vendors in the region not to sell for the meantine.
Eight persons also died whilè 80 others were hosptalized after consuming lambanog in Rizal, Laguna.