The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Regional Field Unit (CIDG-RFU), NCRPO successfully conducted series of entrapment operations for 2 days, from April 6, 2020- April 7, 2020 which resulted in the arrest of profiteering and hoarding suspects.
PCOL ARNOLD THOMAS C IBAY, the Chief of RFU, reported to the Regional Director that the first entrapment operation happened on April 6, 2020 at about 2:00 pm at No. 13 Lower Tamaraw Marulas, Valenzula.
Suspects were identified as Prince Valentine Florentino and Jem Taguiam.
The operation stemmed from an anonymous complainant regarding hoarding, profiteering, injurious speculation of prices, product deceptions and cartels, monopolies or other combinations in restraint of trade or other pernicious practices affecting the supply. Then and there, joint operatives of Manila District Field Unit , Northern MMDFU, Regional Intelligence Division- NCRPO and elements of Station 9 Valenzuela City Police Station, Northern Police District in coordination of DTI-FTEB conducted entrapment operation against the suspects.
Evidence recovered were 125 pieces of thermal scanners; and entrapment money. The estimated value of items is amounting to Php 687,500.00.
Arrested suspects and confiscated items were brought to Manila DFU for documentation and proper disposition.
Complaints for violation of RA 7851 (Price Act) as amended by RA 11623, Violation of RA 11469 Bayanihan to Heal as One Act and RA 7394 (Consumer Act) will be filed against the suspects.
Meanwhile, joint operatives of RFU NCR ,Quezon City District Field Unit, District Intelligence Division -QCPD, RID NCRPO and 301st, SMG, Philippine Air Force ,in coordination with DTI-FTEB conducted an entrapment operation at about 2:30 PM of April 07, 2020 inside of Must Have Beauty Parlor located at No 1293 Buenavidez Street, Sta Cruz, Manila which resulted in the arrest of 1 (one) female suspect.
PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS identified the suspect as Merlita Mesa Toong, 47 years old, married, beautician, born on April 19,1972 at Tigbawan, Iloilo and resident of No 1293 Buenavidez Street, Sta Cruz, Manila.
Information received that one (1) gallon containing 3,700 ml of Isopropyl Alcohol are being sold overpriced. Hence, it appears that the subject alcohol are being sold at Php 690.00 pesos per gallon which is above beyond the DTI suggested retail price (SRP) set by DOH that should be Php 520.00 and other medical supplies due to price freeze. Operatives then conducted an entrapment operation.
Upon arrest, operatives yielded the confiscation of the following items:
- Forty (40) gallons of isoprophyl alcohol;
- Fifteen thousand (15,000) pcs of disposable facemask;
- Two hundred fifty (250) pcs of safety goggles;
- Ninety six (96) liters of isopophyl alcohol with an overall estimated value of one million two hundred sixty six thousand and seven hundred pesos (Php 1,266,700.00)
Arrested suspect and all items confiscated were brought to QC DFU for documentation and proper disposition.
The third operation was hatched on the same day, April 7, 2020, at about 2:30pm infront of Annabelle’s located at Sct Delgado St. Cor Timog Ave., Brgy. Kamuning,Quezon City.
PMGEN SINAS identified the suspects as Jake Olay y Velez, 43 yrs old, (DOB Dec. 29, 1976)male,married, businessman, native of Santiago City, Isabela and a resident of No. 3 Byron St. Lot 29 Blk 14, Filinvest Heights, Brgy. Batasan Hills, Quezon City; and
Mark Wilfred Tiongson II y Reyes, 23 yrs old, (DOB) August 8, 1996, single, jobless, native of Pampanga and presently residing at No. 3 Byron St. Lot 29 Blk 14, Filinvest Heights, Brgy. Batasan Hills.
The arrest stemmed from the information given by a Confidential Informant (CI) wherein the suspects were engaged in selling of overpriced thermal scanner and goggles.
Upon confirmation, joint operatives of RFU NCR, Northern MMDFU, QC DFU, RID NCRPO and Station 10, QCPD in in coordination of DTI-FTEB conducted entrapment operation which resulted in the arrest of the suspects. Incidental to the arrest, operatives recovered (1) unit cal.38 Taurus revolver with 5 live ammunitions and expired LTOPF from suspect Okay.
Investigation disclosed that the scanners are being sold for Php7,300.00 each with a total estimated value of Php219,000.00., Ten (10) pcs of protective goggles sold at the amount of Php 465.00 each with a total of Php 4,650.00.
Confiscated evidence were:
a. thirty (30) pieces/ units of Thermal Scanners;
b. Ten (10) PC’s of protective goggles;
c. One (1) Caliber 38 Taurus Revolver; and
d. Five (5) ammunition of caliber 38.
Arrested suspects and all items confiscated were brought to QC DFU for documentation and proper disposition.
Complaints for violations of R.A. 7581, PRRD Proclamation No. 922 will be filed against the suspects and violation of RA No. 10591 (Illegal Possession of firearms and Ammunitions) will be file against Okay.
Last among the entrapment operations was conducted through the joint efforts of Manila DFU ,RID NCRPO and PS 10, RC RFU NCR in coordination with DTI-FTEB on April 7, 2020, 3:30pm infront of front of BDO Otis Branch, Otis, Pandacan, Manila.
Suspect was identified as Lea Joy Cueto Araciel, female, 30yrs. old, single with live in partner, and a resident of No. 3888 Sto. Tomas St., Pinalad, Pasig City.
The arrest was made when the operatives received an information given by the Confidential Informant (CI) wherein suspects were engaged in selling of overpriced thermal scanners and N-95 face masks, thus, an operation was hatched.
Upon confirmation, operatives immediately apprehended the suspects. Pieces of evidence seized were:
a. 100 pieces of thermal scanners;
b. 1,000.00 pieces of N-05 facemasks; and
c. 1,000.00 genuine peso bill bearing serial number GA212015 incorporated in boodle money.
Case records revealed that the 100 pcs of Thermal Scanners are being sold overpriced for Php5,500.00 each thermal scanner with a total estimated value of Php550,000.00 and 1,000 pieces of N-95 facemasks selling overpriced for Php180.00 each with total estimated amount of Php198,000.00.
Suspect is under custody of Manila DFU for investigation, documentation and proper disposition.
Complaints for violation of R.A. 7581 as amended by R.A. 10623, R.A. 11469, R.A. 7394, Art. 14 para 7 of RPC (Aggravating Circumstances), DTI Memo Circular No. 20-07 (Anti-Hoarding and Anti-Panic Buying), and PRRD Proclamation No. 922 will be filed against the suspect.
PMGEN SINAS commended the CIDG-RFU for the success of the operations conducted for 2 days. “I commend our working operatives from CIDG RFU NCR together with the men and women of NCRPO for a job well done. Your accomplishments bespeak how dedicated we are in eradicating all forms of criminality,” he said.
“We are all affected by the pandemic crisis, none of us is exempted. Therefore, we are saddened by the fact that there are opportunists who are still using our current plight to earn and gain profit illegally from our fellowmen. Nevertheless, our public can be assured that NCRPO is ready to serve and protect 24/7. With the reports coming from our concerned citizens, we can immediately apprehend other hoarders and profiteers,” PMGEN SINAS added.