VIRAL: Students poisoned with Durian candy in Surigao

Photos showing students in a town in Surigao del Sur who were allegedly poisoned after eating Durian candies are making rounds online.

Facebook user Gerald Tan uploaded pictures of the victims Friday afternoon, July 10, and said in his caption:

Beware: Students from different schools of the province of Surigao del Sur got poisoned because of "Durian and Mangosteen Candies" from Davao City. Nine are confirmed dead."

The uploader credited the photos to Doctor Rogene Agusan Esparcia.

Netizen Grezel Joy Cabana Alcantara also shared photos of the victims being brought to the hospital by ambulance.

A logo of the municipality of Cagwait in Surigao del Sur can be seen in one of the vehicles.

She said the Durian candy was labeled "Wendy" and added that 7 have been confirmed dead.

Meanwhile, Rogen Tabugoc of the Cagwait public information office (PIO) said at least 200 people suffered from vomiting and dizziness, adding that most of the students bought candies sold to them at a cheap price during recess time at around 10 am, Rappler reported.

The victims were pupils from Cagwait Central Elementary School.

Students from Aras-asan Elementary School, Unidad Elementary School, Unidad National High School, and Surigao del Sur State University were also affected, he told the news team.

Tabugoc added that there were also food poisoning reports in the towns of Lianga, San Agustin, Tago, and Marihatag, and in Tandag City.