Hoarding, overpricing of goods is immoral – bishop

Published March 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Christina Hermoso 

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Health Care (CBCP-ECHC) said the habit of some unscrupulous individuals who hoard and overprice their commodities is “immoral and unacceptable.”

A woman scans the selection of canned goods at a grocery store in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, September 19, 2018. (REUTERS / ELOISA LOPEZ / MANILA BULLETIN)
A woman scans the selection of canned goods at a grocery store in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, September 19, 2018. (REUTERS / ELOISA LOPEZ / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Greedy individuals must not take advantage of the situation for their own personal benefit. They should not hoard and overprice goods that are of great demand today like alcohol, face masks, and medicines,” said CBCP-ECHC vice chairman Bishop Oscar Jaime L. Florencio over Church-run Radio Veritas.

The Church leader said businessmen or any individual for that matter, must not take advantage of the crisis to earn more at a time when charity and brotherhood must prevail.

“I am appealing to everyone to do whatever will be beneficial to all during times of calamities like this. Do not take advantage of the situation. Do not hoard and sell the goods at a higher price, which to me, is immoral,” Florencio said.

“I believe that the greedy and abusive will receive twice the punishment for their actions. They are only concerned about their personal welfare and do not care about the individuals who are suffering or at risk of contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),” he added.

Bishop Florencio stressed that “love and compassion” must prevail during times like these.

Metro Manila and the whole of Luzon have been placed under a 30-day enhanced community quarantine to help control the spread of COVID-19. (Christina I. H

 
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