Sampalin n’yo! 3 arrested for selling overpriced alcohol, sanitizer


ZAMBOANGA CITY – Personnel of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), backed by policemen, arrested three people selling rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizers online at exorbitant prices in this southern port city, an official said Thursday.

The arrest came after the DTI, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, said it has strengthened its monitoring on the prices of basic necessities amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) onslaught.

Col. Tom Tuzon, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-9 (CIDG-9) chief, said the three suspects were arrested in an entrapment operation around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Sitio Talungung, Barangay San Roque, this city.

Tuzon identified the arrested suspects as Arnel Salih Santos, 33, of San Roque; Arman Graciano Plateros, 32, also of San Roque; and Maria Azha Solis Arroyo, 32 of Vitali, this city.

Tuzon said the suspects were arrested in an entrapment after they sold alcohol and sanitizers at exorbitant prices to an undercover policeman in Sitio Talungung, Barangay San Roque.

The suspects yielded 120 bottles of sanitizers, 31 bottles of 150-milliliter of hygienic and ethyl alcohol, and P500 marked money. They were detained at the headquarters of the CIDG-9 in this city.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 7581 as amended by RA 10623, otherwise known as the Price Act, will be filed against the suspects, Tuzon said. (PNA)