Elements of the Manila Police District nabbed one (1) Chinese national and five (5) others on April 20, 2020 following an entrapment operation along Narra corner P Algue St., Tondo, Manila.
The operations stemmed from an intelligence report regarding the alleged selling of face masks and vitamins without permit from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and on prices that are extremely higher than the suggested retail price set by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The arrested persons were identified as Dong Li (Chinese National), Andrew Gan Cua, Israel Najera y Calimlim, Ropy Dejucos y Mesa, Ike Valenciano y Villanueva and Teodoro Berbabe Jr.
Recovered from them are the following items:
a. Facemask- three (3) boxes containing a total of 14,150 pieces with estimated value of Php169,000.00;
b. Multi-vitamins capsule-eighteen (18) boxes containing a total of 86,400 capsule with estimated value of Php720,000.00; and
c. Test kits-one (1) box containing a total of 600 pieces with estimated value of Php180,000.00
NCRPO CHIEF PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS commended his men and once again warned the public to refrain from continuously violating the law especially during these trying times.
“Since the implementation of the ECQ, we have reiterated that hoarding and selling of essential medical supplies at a price higher than that set by DTI is against the law. With the advent of technology, these hoarders were able to utilize social media to facilitate their illegal intent. But the Metro cops have ways to find you! So please, we are in the middle of a health crisis here and the worst that you can do is take advantage of our people for profit.” Said NCRPO Chief PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS
The arrested persons will be facing charges for violation of RA11649 (Bayanihan Act), RA 7394 (Consumer Act), RA 7581 as amended by RA10623 (Price Act) and RA11332 (Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act).