By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Seven suspects were arrested after they were found to be hoarding and reselling gallons of overpriced alcohol solution in Tondo, Manila on Monday.
Police identified the suspects as Rose Ann Gaddi, 24; Cristina Samson, 34; Antonio Samson, Jr., 36; Joanne Alejandro; Andrea Nieves, 22; Mary Jane Aliga, 25; all residents of Tondo, Manila; and Bob Cazzie Nellas, 36, resident of Maypajo, Caloocan City.
Elements of the Manila Police District Raxabago Police Station conducted a sting operation against Gaddi, Cristina and Antonio Samson, Alejandro, and Nieves, after they received a tip from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The said suspects were arrested after selling P30,000 worth of rubbing alcohol to a poseur buyer at Barangay 151 in Tondo, Manila at about 3:30 p.m.
During their interrogation, Aliga called and offered 200 gallons of alcohol that are ready for delivery to the suspects.
The police then launched a follow-up operation where they nabbed Aliga and Nellas at Barangay 55 in Tondo, Manila at about 9:50 p.m.
Retrieved from the suspects were four boxes each containing 15 1-liter bottles of alcohol worth P500, and 150 gallons of isopropyl alcohol inside a blue Mitsubishi Adventure vehicle.
The arrested suspects will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.