Oreta warns: Beware of botcha
Mayor Antolin ‘Lenlen’ Oreta lll has cautioned the public, particularly Malabon residents against buying botcha (popularly known as double dead meat) that are being sold in footpaths, makeshift or even in big markets.
He made the warning following the confiscation over the week end in Barangay Catmon, Malabon City of some 40 kilos of botcha by operatives the Mayor’s Complaint and Action Team (MCAT).
The youthful mayor has directed the police, MCAT and the city Health department to be on a look-out for unscrupulous traders that would take advantage of the increase demand to dispose of their stocks of botcha.
Market master Joey Gutierrez was also under instruction to closely coordinate with law enforcers for the seizure of botcha (either pork, chicken or beef) and arrest of traders selling double dead meat.
Voicing concern, Oreta said that as Christmas and New Year get closer, people will buy meat that are being sold at low prices, not knowing that these are already unfit for human consumption.
People getting sick because of (these) botcha is farthest in our mind. We have to ban botcha
traders in the city, we’ll file charges against those
that are caught selling their contaminated meat here in Malabon.
According to health experts, botcha when taken, can make one feel dizzy, causes diarrhea, and worst poison your body and eventually death.
To avoid this to happen, go to your doctor immediately or to the hospital for proper medication, said Dr. Rommel Lizan, Malabon city health officer.
In the case of the trader caught with the 40 kilos of botcha dentified as Melecio Toledo, Jr. Mayor Oreta said that men of S/Supt. Ferdinand Ampil will file appropriate charges against suspect Toledo.
Under the law, violators of Republic Act 9296, also known as the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines are slapped fines ranging from P1,000 to P10,000 with imprisonment of two to six months.
The mayor also urged barangay leaders, as well as the citizen to report the presence of botcha in
The information they would provide us in the whereabouts of botcha will certainly help us neutralize the spread of expired and contaminated meat in the city, he said.