Two men died while another is in critical condition after drinking a homemade alcohol mix that included thinner in Tondo, Manila.
According to a 24 Oras report by Chino Gaston on Monday, Baseco residents Rene, Boboy, and Dandy made their own alcohol at home using coffee, vinegar, and soft drinks as a liquor ban prevailed in Manila City amid the Luzon-wide quarantine.
They had been drinking the mixture for several days until one of them brought a paint thinner on Sunday and suggested adding it into the drink.
“Kilala po dito talaga silang manginginom, e. Walang oras, walang araw po,” said Leni Dinopol, Rene’s sister.
On Monday, Leni found her brother unconscious and foaming at the mouth.
Boboy, meanwhile, complained that he could not see anything and crawled his way to the hospital.
He was found unconscious at the side of the road.
Boboy was still rushed to the hospital but did not make it alive.
“‘Che-check-up talaga ko sa mata,’ sabi niya,” Leni recounted.
“‘Hindi ako nakakakita, ngayon lang ‘to.’ Tapos pag-alis, maya maya, bigla pong… wala na, nangitim na siya tapos bumula na ‘yung bibig.”
The third victim, meanwhile, is still in critical condition at the Philippine General Hospital. —Julia Mari Ornedo/LDF, GMA News