About 70 people in one city and two towns of Bataan were hospitalized after eating “dirty ice cream” on Wednesday, police said.

The victims are from Balanga City, Pilar, and Bagac, Senior Insp. Dennis Orbista, Bataan Provincial Police spokesman, said.

“Seventy ang huling naireport sa amin. May information na may iba pa na dinala sa ibang lugar pero di pa sigurado kung ilan,” Orbista said in a phone interview.

An initial report from the Central Luzon regional police identified 14 of the victims as Kiel Ula, 10; Melrose Loyola, 38; Mary Denise Loyola 1; Hans Gabriel Torne 7; Ryza Gruta, 4; Floyd Martin Agbulos, 2; Marty Ejercito, 10; Jayruss Limban, 2; Rachelle Devera, 5; Princess Loraine Ebet, 5; Aeron Timoan, 3; Isaac Llait, 1; Shane Eclevia, 10; and Andrei Bergado, 9.

The 14, all residents of Brgy. Cabog-Cabog, Balanga City, were brought to the Bagac Community Medicare Hospital, Orbista said.

“Ang nangyari, around 11 ng umaga ay nabentahan sila ng ice cream tapos bandang alas-4 ng hapon nag-complain na itong mga nakakain na nahihilo at may LBM (loose bowel movement) daw sila,” the provincial police spokesman said.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, meanwhile, said it monitored 52 victims, comprised of 44 children and eight adults.

The victims were involved in the Department of Education’s ‘Brigada Eskwela’ program, the NDRRMC said in an initial report.

Orbista said police in Balanga City now have in their custody vendors Roel Biato and Raffy Lobaton, who allegedly sold ice cream to the victims.

“Kumuha na rin ng sample ng ice cream nila at dinala sa Mandaluyong for lab test, nagpunta na rin ang mga representatives ng City Health Office ng Balanga sa pagawaan ng ice cream para mag-inspect,” Orbista said. (John Roson)

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