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Lazatin exposes illegal meat shop in Angeles

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ANGELES CITY, Pampanga — Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin has ordered the shutdown of an illegal slaughterhouse located in Delos Santos Street, Barangay Lourdes North West.

An estimated 1.5 tons of “double dead” meat and 12 pigs were confiscated during an inspection conducted at Chotchot Meat Dealer Wholesaler and Retailer.

The said shop violated City Ordinance 431; Republic Act 9003, or Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000; and Republic Acts 9296 and 10536, also known as The Meat Inspection Code of Philippines.

According to the City Meat Inspection Division (CMID) personnel, out of 12 pigs confiscated, 8 of them were already virus-contaminated, and 4 were already dead.

To prevent the spread of the unconfirmed virus, the pigs were terminated and buried at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Barangay Pampang.

As of writing, three workers of the illegal meat shop were detained at Angeles City Police Office – Station 2. They were identified as Joan Nersy Balboa, Aries Vergara Velasco, and Justine Sicat Oyco.

The said owner, Melchor De Guzman, is still at large.

Moreover, Mayor Lazatin said that continuous inspection of meat shops will be conducted for safety measures of his constituents.

Joining the Mayor during the surprise inspection were personnel from Angeles City Police Office, City Veterinary Office, Barangay LNW Council, Angeles City Traffic Development Office, and City Environment and Natural Resources Office.

Source: Angeles City Information Office

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