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The Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Unit (AFCCU) under the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) conducted an entrapment operation on March 20, 2020 against medical establishments located in Bambang, Manila and Sangandaan, Caloocan.

The raids, led by FTEB Director Ronnel O. Abrenica and Police Colonel Bayani M. Razalan, were in response to complaints received from several consumers and through Facebook account against establishments from Bambang and Caloocan respectively for alleged overpricing and hoarding of various medical products.

Through a buy-bust operation, the establishment in Bambang was caught by DTI-CIDG in the act of selling 60ml Isopropyl Alcohol at PhP80.00 per bottle, in violation of Price Act.

Signage saying there are no available stocks was also found hanging on the establishment however several boxes of alcohol and large volume of stocks were discovered by the raiding agencies.

The DTI-CIDG recovered 684 pieces of 500ml bottle of Green Cross 40% solution, 72 pieces of 500ml Green Cross 70% solution, 336 pieces of 60ml bottle Green cross alcohol, and 288 pieces of 40ml Green Cross alcohol hand spray amounting to an estimated total of Php231,000.00.

Meanwhile, the operation in Sangandaan, Caloocan City, led to the arrest of individuals caught in the act of selling overpriced 70% Ethyl Alcohol.

Seized from them were 83 pcs 500ml Ethyl Alcohol being sold at Php 140.00 each and 48 pcs of 1-liter Ethyl Alcohol being sold at Php 250.00 each with an overall estimated value of Php 23,620.00.

Seized items were brought to CIDG-AFCCU for proper documentation and processing.

The DTI will refer the matter to the Local Government Unit concerned for appropriate action, and will recommend the closure and cancellation of the Business Permit issued to the establishment.

Appropriate charges will be jointly filed by the DTI and CIDG-AFCCU against the establishment and the individuals caught for violation of Republic Act (RA) No. 7581 or the Price Act as amended by RA No.10623 and/or RA No.7394 of Consumer Act of the Philippines. 

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