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More than 300 victims, mostly students were down because of food poisoning.

Surigao del Sur, CARAGA Region - More than 300 students were hospitalized after eating durian and mangosteen flavored candies.

The victims, mostly from primary school, felt weakness and nauseous on Friday morning. They were rushed to hospitals to get cured.

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The victims came from Marihatag, Tago, Madrid and Cagwait. In Cagwait Central Elementary School alone, at least 40 people were sent to the hospital. Students from the following schools were also affected:

Aras-asan Elementary School
Unidad Elementary School
Unidad National High School
Surigao del Sur State University

The town was in chaos. There were almost no vehicles left to transport the victims. The hospitals and health centers were also reported to be full.

Seven out-of-school youths - five from Cagwait and two from Tandag City - who allegedly sold the candies were arrested by the Philippine National Police. The Cagwait Municipal Police Station launched a hot pursuit operation against the 12 persons.

"Itong mga nagbebenta nito, isa-isa nilang pinasok ang mga classrooms from elementary to college from six municipalities in Surigao del Sur (Those who sold the durian candies entered each classroom from elementary to college)," Officer-in-charge Ding Lozada, of the Municipal Mayor's Office.

In some towns, according to Jude Ramos of the Cortes DRRMO, the durian candy was given for free to children.

The Office of Civil Defense in CARAGA Region told GMA News Online that the candies were already expired.

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte on Friday night, July 10, ordered an urgent investigation into the reported "durian candy" poisoning which downed hundreds of pupils in at least 6 towns and a city in Surigao del Sur.

Police are still conducting follow-up investigation to arrest the remaining suspects.

Authorities are yet to confirm if anyone died from the suspected poisoning.

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