Nine people have died and more than 100 were hospitalized after drinking local liquor made from coconut sap in two separate incidents in the Philippines.
According to a Police report on Monday, December 23, 2019, eight people died after drinking a local brand of the traditional liquor, known as lambanog, at a get-together in Rizal town in Laguna province, some 70 kilometres south of Manila.
The report added that at least 122 residents from the town were also rushed to the hospital suffering with stomach aches, vomiting, and numbness in some parts of the body, with some collapsing and losing consciousness.
The ninth victim died in nearby Candelaria town in Quezon province on Sunday, December 22, 2019, three days after he drank an unbranded bootleg lambanog with neighbours.
The police report added six people from there were also rushed to the hospital, including two who were comatose.
Lambanog is a traditional Filipino alcoholic drink derived from coconut sap with a high alcohol content of around 40 per cent; some are home-made and distilled in unsanitary conditions.