AUTHORITIES have arrested three people for hoarding and selling overpriced alcohol amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director, Police Brigadier General Ronnie S Montejo identified the arrested suspects as Jovelyn Gingo, 31, Kimper Joy Edoloverio, 26, both of Bgy. Culiat, in Quezon City, Ignacio Cortes Jr, 63 of Bgy. Holy Spirit and Michael Jade Pablo, of legal age.
The report showed that authorities received information that the suspects were selling a 500 ml of Green Cross Isopropyl Alcohol at P170 each which is far from its suggested retail price of P99.75 per bottle.
Policemen coordinated with the Department of Trade and Industry, to entrap the suspects. A police operative transacted with the suspects online and pretended to buy 126 bottles of alcohol worth P22,000.
The suspects were arrested at about 1:30 p.m., April 2, 2020 on Yuseco St, Bgy 231, Tondo Manila.
Aside from the buy-bust money, the operatives also seized 90 bottles more of the same brand of alcohol valued at P15,750.00.
The suspects were brought to the QC-CIDG Field Unit in Camp Karingal and will be charged with violation of RA 7581 (An Act Providing Protection To Consumers or The Price Act) as amended by RA 10623 ( An act amending certain provisions of Republic Act 7581, entitled "An Act Providing Protection To Consumers By Stabilizing The Prices Of Basic Necessities And Prime Commodities) in relation to Presidential Proclamation 922 last March 8 2020 (Declaring A State of Public Health Emergency Throughout the Philippines).