800 kilograms of beef donated to Zamboanga City evacuees rots in storage facility
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Julie Alipala of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that as much as 800 kilograms of beef meant for evacuees displaced by the recent armed conflict in Zamboanga City was discovered to have rotten inside the cold storage facility.
According to the report, "the meat was part of the 1.9 tons of beef the city government received from the Turkish Tolerance School on October 15 through its administrator Mehmet Biter." City administrator Antonio Orendain said the rotting meat was discovered because of the foul smell it emitted, which was similar to a dead corpse. He also said that "power outages in the area" most likely caused the meat go bad.
The report noted: "The donation was coursed through the city mayor's office and the city council. But Orendain said he was unsure if the spoiled meat was that which was given to Mayor Ma. Isabelle Salazar's office or the one received by the city council through Councilor Myra Paz Abubakar." However, the report revealed that "Abubakar said she believed the manner by which the meat was stocked, not the power outages, caused the spoilage."
Meanwhile, evacuees interviewed for the report said they had to subsist on eating cassava cake daily because they had no money to buy meat. The decayed beef has been buried in a compound in barangay San Roque because it was no longer fit for human consumption.
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