PNP confiscated more than P61,000 worth of unlabeled overpriced alcohol from a man during an entrapment operation on Kitanglad Street, Brgy. Doña Josefa, Quezon City this Sunday.
According to the NCRPO Public Information Office, they have received complaints against the 59-year-old suspect for allegedly selling overpriced alcohol in Metro Manila.
The police undercover has been trading online with the suspect and has confirmed that he sells unlabeled alcohol for P175 per liter.
The price range of 500 mL of ethyl alcohol is P61 to P74, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
During the operation, the police seized 350 bottles of one liter of alcohol from the suspect.
The suspect will face charges in violation of the Price Act, Consumer Act of the Philippines, and Republic Act 11332.
Man arrested for selling unlabeled overpriced alcohol
Hoarders who bought stocks in bulk only to sell them at a much higher price were blamed for the shortage of alcohol supplies in the country.
DOH said that although alcohol and sanitizers help in keeping the hands clean, rinsing with soap and water is still more effective in fighting the coronavirus.
Last week, the San Miguel Corporation announced it would use one of its facilities to make 70 percent ethyl alcohol and distribute them for free to communities.
“While hand-washing is still the best defense, hand sanitizers with 70 percent alcohol can be your next best option where soap and water are not available,” SMC president and COO Ramon Ang said.
Ang also reassured the public that its production facilities would run 24/7 so that grocery shelves will remain well-stocked with its food products.
As of March 22, Sunday, the Philippines has 380 confirmed cases with 25 fatalities and 15 recoveries.