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PNP intensifies crackdown vs hoarders

Kristina Maralit

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There is no letup in the Philippine National Police’s crackdown on hoarders and profiteers taking advantage of the current health emergency as elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) collared two more in separate operations over the weekend.

In a report released Monday, arrests were made in Camarines Sur and Binondo, Manila, where the suspects were caught reselling essential medical supplies at prices way above their retail value.

A 41-year-old reseller identified as Cherry Mae Abilay was nabbed by joint operatives from CIDG units in Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte, Camarines Norte Provincial Police Office, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) CamSur and Pili Municipal Police in a buy-bust operation last Saturday, 28 March, in Brgy. Kadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur.

Abilay was caught in the act selling gallons of 70 percent solution isopropyl alcohol at P1,200 each and seized from her possession were 51 gallons of isopropyl alcohol, five thermal scanners each being at P7,500, receipt of the seized isopropyl alcohol, and the P1,000 bill used as entrapment money.

Total cost of the confiscated goods was pegged as P98,700.

Meanwhile, the CIDG Anti-Transnational Crimes Unit (ATCU) last Sunday, 29 March, arrested a certain Jackson Chua in an entrapment operation in Binondo, Manila.

Chua was collared for profiteering and hoarding of non-contact infrared body thermometers he was allegedly selling at P4,700 each and police seized 100 units of thermometers with an estimated market value of P235,000 along with the marked money operatives used in the operation.

Both Abilay and Chua will be charged for violating Republic Act (RA) 7581 as amended by RA 10623 (Price Act) and RA 7394 (Consumer Act of the Philippines).

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