Valencia Bukidnon resident arrested for durian candy fiasco

A Valencia City, Bukidnon resident was among those arrested in relation to the recent incident where 1,350 people, mostly school children, were reportedly poisoned after eating durian candies.

Twenty one year old Henryto Amoguis of Valencia, Bukidnon was among the arrested vendors of the Wendy’s Durian Candies that were distributed in several municipalities in Surigao del Sur last July 10, 2015.

The other arrested vendors were Junnil Martinez, 30; John Oben, 36; Joel Pasa, Richard Rivera Jr, 28; Martinez Bocaycay, 19; Genelyn Pasa; Junnel Teriote and John Dequilla — all Davao residents.

durian candyAs of recent, the owner of Wendy’s Durian Candies, Janet Aquino, has issued an apology. She claimed that days before the alleged poisoning, she sold 300 bags of durian candies, which contained 100 pieces each, to a certain John Dequilla. Dequilla is now under police custody.

According to authorities, Wendy’s Durian Candies also does not have the proper permits from the Food and Drug Administration.

The government will reportedly file cases against the manufacturer of the candies and the vendors.

The students were allegedly poisoned in at least 6 towns and a city in Surigao del Sur. Hundreds of victims suffered from dizziness and vomiting. News reports indicate that authorities have yet to confirm if any of the victims died.

It was also learned through news reports that the arrested vendors are members of the congregation of evangelist Apollo C. Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, based in Davao City.

A white Mitsubishi L-300 FB Deluxe with license plate MEM366 was also confiscated by authorities. The said vehicle is registered under the name of Quiboloy.

UPDATE: (as of July 15, 2015) According to CARAGA Police Information Officer PO3 Darlin Migullas, all of the arrested vendors admitted that they are members of Quiboloy’s Kingdom of Jesus Christ group. However, they all denied that their selling of the expired durian candies had anything to do with their religious group.

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