LUCENA CITY — The death toll from suspected lambanog poisoning in this province has climbed to 11.
Lt. Col. Von Nuyda, Quezon deputy police director for Administration and officer-in-charge, identified the 10th and 11th victims as Berlito Agudo, 63, of Bgy. Bukal, Pagbilao, and Enrico Macaraig Magbuhos, 46, of Bgy. Sta. Catalina Norte, Candelaria, both in Quezon province.
Agudo consumed around 12 oz of lambanog at 3 p.m. on December 24. Hours later, he lost his vision and suffered vomiting, headache and difficulty in breathing.
“He was immediately brought to Quezon Medical Center but was pronounced dead on arrival by an attending physician,” said Nuyda.
Hospital records showed that the victim died from acute respiratory failure and methanol poisoning.
Magbuhos drank lambanog with a friend. Hours later, he complained of severe stomach pain and dizziness and eventually lost his consciousness on the morning of December 24.
Magbuhos was rushed to United Candelaria Doctors Hospital and was later transferred to Quezon Medical Center, where he died at 10 p.m. on December 25.
The Quezon Police Provincial Office under Col. Audie Madrideo immediately conducted an investigation and coordinated with lambanog sellers and distributors in the province.
Police asked lambanog traders to dispose their products that were not registered with the Food and Drugs Administration.
In Rizal, Laguna, 11 people also died after drinking lambanog.
Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez has banned the sale of lambanog in the province so authorities can investigate the cases of poisoning in Rizal town.