LOOK: Bangus rush in Pasig River

Posted at 07/17/14 9:39 PM

One man's loss is another man's gain.

This turned out to be true in the aftermath of Typhoon Glenda as some residents of Mandaluyong City made big bucks by catching lost bangus (milkfish) in Pasig River and selling them cheap.

After the typhoon damaged fishpens in upstream Laguna Lake, residents started seeing milkfish by the thousands coming up for air as early as 6 a.m. on Thursday, around a day after Glenda wrought havoc in southern Luzon and Metro Manila.

The milkfish ended up in Pasig River after water overflowed from Laguna Lake where milkfish is commercially cultured.

The enterprising residents sold their catch for less than half the price of bangus sold in wet markets (usually P100 per kilo); some even sold their catch for just 10 pesos to make brisk sales.

The "bangus rush" invited attention from passersby, with some of them snapping up the big bargain.

The Makati Health Department (MHD), however, warned the public against consuming bangus caught from the filthy river.

Fish and other marine life from Pasig River may contain toxic chemicals, including methylmercury, which has been found to be harmful to the nervous system. Methylmercury can also cause mental and physical retardation in children, as well as other diseases like cancer.

In which case, the other man's gain could be another man's poison.

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