NBI seizes P2M medicine ‘samples’ in Iligan City

Published July 24, 2019, 3:01 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Bonito Ermac 

ILIGAN CITY – Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Iligan District Office seized boxes of assorted medicines amounting to more than P2 million in an operation conducted at purok 9, barangay Pala-o, July 22 Monday.

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) (MANILA BULLETIN)
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) (MANILA BULLETIN)

The NBI discovered the medicines following a complaint from a medical representative of a pharmaceutical company against a private courier after its product was not delivered to the consignee.

It was learned that the driver of the courier service, Jalilodin Bangcola, 42, allegedly forged the signature of the consignee and sold the medicines to a certain Dindo Ebarle, 40.

Bangcola confessed to the crime and said that financial trouble forced him to do it. He has been working for the private courier since December 2018.

The medicines included samples intended for doctors, which were marked “not for sale” by the Department of Health (DOH).

But these were being sold at the store Ebarle was guarding for his relative, a certain Florencia Hinampas, at prices lower than that of legitimate pharmacies.

NBI-ILDO operatives led by its chief Atty. Abdul Jamal Dimaporo were surprised at how a large number of medicine samples from the DOH and different pharmaceutical companies could find their way to Ebarle’s store.

As such, Dimaporo surmised that not only Bangcola was delivering the illegally acquired medicines to Ebarle, who may have other suppliers.

Ebarle admitted to be engaged in the re-sale of the illegally acquired medicines for years.