5 hospital staff arrested for hoarding profiteering

March 24, 2020

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation Group on Monday arrested five ambulance-riding persons for selling overpriced thermal guns and surgical gloves during an entrapment operation in Quezon City.

PNP-CIDG director Major Gen. Joel Napoleon M. Coronel identified the suspects as Karen Perfecto, Anthony Obuyes, Allan Iglesia, Domingo Belchez and Ronald Condrillon.

He said the five were arrested during a sting launched by undercover officers of the CIDG Anti-Transnational Crime Unit near the Family Mart on Boni Serrano Avenue in Q.C. around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

According to Coronel, the entrapment operation was triggered by information and complaints sent to the CIDG-ATCU regarding the alleged hoarding of infrared thermal guns and surgical gloves by a group of persons in Q.C. who are also selling them at a very high price.

He said that CIDG-ATCU officers verified the information through Facebook accounts of the accused and discovered they were really selling infrared thermal guns at P6,100 each and surgical gloves at P310 per piece.

However, the Department of Trade and Industry had said that an infrared thermal gun’s suggested retail price is P1,000 each unit while surgical gloves cost P160 each pair.

The ensuing entrapment operation resulted in the arrest of the suspects who were on board a black van marked as “Ambulance” and a white Ford Ranger van.

Recovered during the sting were 25 cartons each containing 10 boxes with 50 pairs of surgical gloves, two large cartons each containing 50 thermal guns and the boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill. The CIDG-ATCU placed the value of the confiscated evidence at P317,500.

All suspects are now being held at the CIDG headquarters in Camp Crame facing charges for violation of Republic Act 7581 as amended by RA 10623 or the Price Act and RA 7394 or the Consumer’s Act of the Philippines.

Journal Group sources said that that five are staff of a hospital in Las Piñas City who were carrying Personnel Protective Equipment which included gloves, thermo scans and face masks.