Sea of beer blocks road near Cotabato City after falling from truck

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Cases of and broken bottles litter a section of the highway in North Cotabato after spilling from a cargo truck on Wednesday (January 16). Photo courtesy of North Cotabato Vice Governor Shirlyn Macasarte-Villanueva who found herself delayed by the event and posted the pictures onto Facebook.

A section of road between Cotabato City and Davao City was blocked after hundreds of cases of San Miguel fell off the back of a truck.

The mishap was witnessed by North Cotabato Vice Governor Shirlyn Macasarte Villanueva who shared photographs of the scene on Facebook. She asked: “Have you tried swimming in a sea of beer? We cannot pass through, it’s better that we start drinking beers here.” 

The governor was travelling to Midsayap town from City when she noticed stranded vehicles and people milling around a cargo truck at about 4pm on Wednesday (December 16). 

Her photographs of the scene show green crates almost completely covering the highway from one side to the other.

It is unclear whether these people are villagers searching for intact bottles, or locals helping with the clear-up of the mess.

Ernie Saban, a local resident, said he saw the cargo truck heading to Cotabato City from Davao City.  He described how it was negotiating a downward curve in Barangay Bagolibas, Aleosan, when the cases of beers became unbalanced and fell.

“The bottles were broken causing a halt to traffic flow,” he told the Philippine News Agency. “We tried to salvage unbroken bottles but were prevented by police.” However, he added that several villagers had succeeded in making off with some intact cases of beer.

An initial investigation has found that a piece of rope strapped around the cargo hold of the open-back truck had snapped, causing the spillage.

Traffic was reopened an hour later after local volunteers had cleared the highway of the crates and broken glass.

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