Agencies urged to run after hoarders

Published January 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Ben Rosario

Deputy Speaker and 1PACMAN Partylist Rep. Michael L. Romero on Monday urged law enforcement authorities to arrest business owners and individuals found overcharging for face masks, vital medicines and other consumer items as the Taal volcano eruption continues to wreak havoc on a large portion of Luzon.

He also called on pharmaceutical and grocery stores, especially the leading drugstores in the country, to help government in efforts to curb hoarding of basic needs.

People trooped to differnet medical stores in Bambang St, Manila as they try to buy face mask or N95 mask taht they will use to avoid inhaling volcaninc ash. Supplies of face masks ran out in many stores in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the south as Taal Volcano in Batangas continued to spew ash. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)
People trooped to different medical stores in Bambang St, Manila as they try to buy face mask or N95 mask that they will use to avoid inhaling volcanic ash. Supplies of face masks ran out in many stores in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the south as Taal Volcano in Batangas continued to spew ash. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

“In times of national emergencies such as the on-going Taal volcanic activity, police and other law enforcement agencies are expected to act swiftly to stop abusive practices such as hoarding and overpricing of vital consumer items and health needs,” said Romero, president of the Partylist Coalition  Foundation Inc. composed of 54 parytlist lawmakers in the Lower House.

The House official slammed business owners for jacking up prices of face masks to as much as 200 percent of the original retail price.

Asst. Majority Leader and ACT CIS Partylist Rep. Nina Taduran backed Romero in urging stronger action against hoarders and price manipulators.

Taduran also called on all water concessionaires to provide uninterrupted water to communities affected by the ashfall.

“It has come to my attention that certain stores have been charging ₱200 and up per N95 mask, and there are several individuals who are raking in immense profit after hoarding the masks and selling them online. They face a penalty of ₱10, 000 fine or imprisonment of up to 1 year or both under the Consumer Law,” says Taduran.

The lady solon stressed that under  Section 52 of the Philippine Consumer Act, or the Unfair or Unconscionable Sales Act or Practice,  sellers are prohibited from resorting to activities that exploit buyers based on “physical or mental infirmity, ignorance, illiteracy, lack of time or the general conditions of the environment or surroundings.”

Taduran also appealed to water agencies to ensure ample water supply while the Taal devastation continues.

“Communities in Metro Manila and in Calabarzon have been experiencing regular water interruptions since summer,” she said.

 
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