2 arrested for hoarding, selling overpriced medical supplies

Authorities arrested two suspects for allegedly and selling overpriced medical supplies in Binondo, Wednesday.

According to a report from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the suspects were identified as Jun Martin Lim, 22, and Nina Ong, 38.

They were arrested at a condominium in Alvarado Street, Barangay 292 around 5:15 pm for allegedly hoarding medical supplies and selling them for a much higher price than the suggested retail price.

Authorities seized P4.8 million worth of medical supplies, including 16 boxes of different types of face masks, 9 boxes of infrared thermometers, 6 boxes of examination gloves, and 3 boxes of surgical suits from the suspects.

The suspects will face charges for violating the Consumer Act of the Philippines and the Price Act, according to the NCRPO.

“Our frontliners and the public need protective equipment, yet some greedy persons hoard and resell these precious commodity for profit. Please, let us stop this. Let us help out each other instead,” said NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas.

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Barangay official, 3 others arrested for selling overpriced rubbing

A barangay official and three others were arrested for selling overpriced rubbing alcohol in an entrapment operation in Barangay 88, Pasay, Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities arrested the target suspect Eduardo Salvador, 24, and his mother Gemma Montalbo, 51, who was a barangay kagawad. Their two helpers, both 20, were also caught.

According to Police Capt. Deni Pedroso, chief of the Pasay Police intelligence section, they conducted a buy-bust operation against alias Alvin after the Air Force’s 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing reported to them that he was hoarding alcohol and selling for a much higher price.

Philippine Air Force and Pasay City Police Station seized more than 500 bottles of 500 mL of rubbing alcohol from the suspects.

Pedroso said the barangay official might have used her position in the village to buy alcohol and hoard them.