PGKM pins hope on P-Noy to end suffering of people

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    ANGELES CITY – When Ballsy Aquino-Cruz was asked about the favorite hobbies of his brother, incoming President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, over live television she said: “Eating outside.”  

    Aquino III would not enjoy his food if he decides to eat here or in nearby Porac town due to the existence of at least 11 piggeries which were blamed by the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) for the “invasion” of flies and other deadly diseases in the area.

    PGKM Chairman Ruperto “Perto” Cruz said no less than the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, mother of Noynoy, experienced eating at his house in Barangay Cutcut here “with all the flies around.”

    Cruz’s residence is at the boundary of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Porac where there are huge piggeries blamed for the flies and deadly diseases affecting residents in the area.

    “Our good friend Cory was using one hand to eat and the other to shoo away the flies while eating in our dining table. There was a time Noynoy personally saw the irritating flies while visiting with his mother,” said Cruz, who was a good friend of the late president during and after her term which ended in 1992.  

    Cruz expressed confidence that Aquino III would “end the long suffering of the people and even businesses.” His property now has a European-inspired golf course, restaurants, function halls and hotel rooms.

    “The previous president (referring to Pres. Arroyo) had done nothing for her own people. It will be different this time,” said Cruz.

    Citing international studies, Cruz said the long-term exposure to foul smell emitted by piggeries in nearby Porac could cause “sudden death.”

    The PGKM disclosed that there are at least 11 prominent piggeries in Barangays Sta. Cruz and Manibaug Paralaya, Porac.

    Citing the study of the US-based Hilton Kalusche of the Mississippi Safety and Environment Management Office, Sonny Dobles, head of PGKM’s environmental desk, said the piggeries release hydrogen sulfite in the air which instantly enters the body of human beings.

    Dobles added that the harmful chemical accumulates “in the human body until you die or get sick of various deadly ailments.”

    ”Among the diseases caused by hydrogen sulfide are those that affect the nervous systems and respiratory problems,” he said. 

    Dobles, still citing the study, said “the extremely toxic, irritating gas” emitted by piggeries also reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of human blood.

    The PGKM, who also made a research on backyard and commercial piggeries in the country, disclosed that the waste of pigs “is ten to 100 times deadlier” than human waste.  

    The pathogen-based pig waste with high nitrogen content “enters the body and affects the hemoglobin of red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body,” said the PGKM. It added that the “it also causes gastro-intestinal diseases.”

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