NBI to go after hoarders of essential commodities

National Bureau of Investigation officer-in-charge Eric Distor on Friday vowed to go after hoarders of essential goods like food, alcohol, and medicines during the enhanced community quarantine which was imposed to stop the spread of the dreaded COVID-19.

Distor issued the statement as the NBI announced that the agency remained operational to receive public complaints.

President Duterte placed the entire Luzon including Metro Manila under the enhanced community quarantine to stop the spread of the feared virus COVID-19.

A memorandum from Malacañang on the enhanced quarantine guides government agencies to ensure the following:

Prohibition of mass gatherings and imposition of strict home quarantine among all households;

Work-from-home arrangement for the executive branch;

Only essential establishments are to remain open (those private establishments providing basic necessities and such activities related to food and medicine production i.e. public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water-refilling stations, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines, power energy, water and telecommunications)

Suspension of mass public transport facilities;

Restricted land, air and sea travel; and

Labor, social welfare, finance, budget and trade departments to come up with programs for affected workers and businesses.

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