‘Nilat-an nga baboy’ causes man to burn his home in Cebu town

By: Futch Anthony Inso - Multimedia Correspondent - CDN Digital | December 20,2023 - 04:20 PM

'Nilat-an nga baboy' causes man to burn his home

This is what is left of the house of Gerald Balsa’s family after Gerald burn it down because he was angry that the boiled pork soup served to him was not to his taste and liking. | Contributed photo via Futch Anthony Inso

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A 39-year-old man, who was angry because he was not satisfied with how the boiled pork soup (linat-ang baboy) that was served to him was cooked, set his house on fire and burned it down.

The incident happened last Sunday, December 17, in Sitio Sam-ang, Barangay Pondol, Balamban town in western Cebu.

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Man’s anger on the nilat-an nga baboy

Police later arrested Gerald Balsa, 39, a resident of Sitio Sam-ang.

Investigation showed that Balsa, who got so angry for being served a boiled pork soup that was not to his taste and liking, caused him to go over the edge and set his house on fire.

According to FO2 Gerald Fritz Desierto, investigator of the Balamban Fire Station, that Balsa allegedly started the fire by burning his foam mattress on his bed.

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Mom hurt

Desierto said that Balsa’s mother was burned in the leg and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Balsa’s house was razed leaving his live-in partner, 60-year-old mother, his stepfather and his stepbrother homeless this Christmas.

According to the Balamban Fire Station, the damage to property was estimated at P400,000.

The displaced family members are now staying at Gerald’s stepsister’s house.

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Arson, physical injury charges

Desierto said that Balsa, who has no job, allegedly depended on his mother to give him money.

Gerald Balsa was detained at the Balamban Police Station pending the filing of charges.

Desierto said that Balsa would face the charges of arson and physical injury.

No casualties were recorded during the incident.

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