VENDORS from Toril and Matina Aplaya, who were caught allegedly selling fish laced with pork blood, are facing charges before the City Prosecution Office.
Facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10611 (Food Safety Act of 2013) and 7394 (Consumer Act of the Philippines) are Joan Regis, Annabelle Casame, Purita Rule, and Rey Sigon.
The complaints were filed by the Davao City Veterinarian's Office last October 9, according to City Veterinarian Officer Cerelyn Pinili during yesterday's I Speak forum held at the City Hall conference room.
The four were charged weeks after they were found allegedly painting pig's blood on the fish to make it look fresh.
Sun.Star Davao earlier reported that a total of 70.5 kilograms of tuna fish laced with pig's blood was seized by Davao City Veterinarian's Office while the four vendors were also apprehended last September 12.
The act reportedly earned the ire of the Muslim communities in Davao City as they considered pork as impure.
Meanwhile, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, in a statement during a media interview held last September 15, said that erring vendors should be arrested as they lacked sensitivity in committing misinformation that could put non-pork eaters at disadvantage.
The case is currently being resolved by Prosecutor Faizal Padate.