2 Negrenses die, 1 hospitalized after eating ‘butete’
BACOLOD CITY, June 1 (PNA) -- Two residents of Calatrava, Negros Occidental died while another is still being treated in a hospital after consuming “butete” or puffer fish Monday, the police said.
The fatalities were identified as Romeo Pancho, 44, and Jessie Maloloy-on, 26. Confined was Maloloy-on’s younger brother, Isagani, 21.
The three, who are residents of Barangay Dolis, ate a “butete” dish for breakfast.
The victims complained of stomach pain, and were rushed to the town hospital. Pancho died several hours later while Jessie Maloloy-on died on the way to a hospital in Bacolod City.
Superintendent Gil Flores, town police chief, said Tuesday they are coordinating with the Municipal Health Office in the course of their investigation.
Last December, a food poisoning incident also happened in Barangay Dolis, which led to the death of a five-year-old girl, and downed 26 others, including 19 children, who consumed coconut juice served at a Christmas party at Dolis Elementary School. (PNA)