NBI seizes overpriced thermal guns, masks, alcohol

The National Bureau of Investigation seized overpriced medical supplies during simultaneous raids in Manila and Rizal.

NBI Director Eric Distor led the operation in Sta. Cruz along Rizal Avenue Manila, together with operatives of NBI-Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU).

The operation resulted in the seizure of 1,360 pieces of thermal scanners and 7, 680 pieces of face masks worth more than P10 Million.

Distor said the operation stemmed from an information that some unscrupulous stores were selling thermal scanners for P8,000.00 per piece, eight times higher than its normal price of P1,000.

During the operation in Sta. Cruz, Manila, several boxes containing 1,360 thermal scanners and boxes with 7,680 pieces of face masks were found in the storage room of the store.

Arrested were the assiatant manager, cashier, and their salesladies who will be charged for violation of Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act of the Philippines.

In the second operation, the NBI-Rizal District Office headed by Atty. Igmidio Congzon, Jr. raided the Professional Skin Care Formula in Taytay Rizal for overpricing of isopropyl alcohol.

Distor said the operation was prompted after a poseur customer was able buy 2 gallons of alcohol at P750.00 each which is very much higher than the prie dictated by the Department of Trade and Industry in pursuance of the price freeze on medical supplies and basic necessities due to the COVID-19.

The operation yielded eight gallons of 70% Isopropyl alcohol that are also being sold in refill by small bottles. A request for Certification for product registration and/ or notification has been made with the Food and Drug Administration.

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