2,000 chickens from padlocked farm seized in Ilocos town

LAOAG CITY — A cargo van filled with live chickens was apprehended in a police checkpoint in Solsona town early Friday, Aug. 18.

Inspector Ralph Dayag, Deputy Chief of Police of Solsona, reported that at about 4:30 a.m., the truck containing about 2,000 heads of chickens to be delivered to Batac City passed by the checkpoint.

Police apprehended it as the poultry farm where they sourced the chickens is currently padlocked by the local government unit of Solsona town for violation of sanitary code.

Owned by former Solsona town mayor Joseph de Lara with contract growing scheme with Bounty Fresh, the poultry farm was closed earlier following a complaint of foul odor by its neighbors.

For humanitarian reasons, town mayor Alexander Calucag said Friday he may consider releasing the poultry products inside the de Lara farm if the owner or management will talk to them and pay taxes due the local government unit.

According to Calucag, he has ordered the review of all commercial establishments with Php 500,000 capital and up in Solsona to settle their obligations to the government. PNA-northboundasia.com