Couple in Bohol arrested for selling petroleum products sans license

Published August 10, 2021, 2:44 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

National Bureau of Investigation (2)

A husband and his wife have been arrested in Bohol by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for allegedly selling petroleum products without government license.

The NBI, in a statement, identified the couple as Casiano Oro and his wife Anabel Oro. They were arrested last Aug. 3 by agents of the NBI’s Bohol District Office (NBI-BOHDO).

It said 300 cans of butane were seized from the spouses by NBI agents who posed as buyers.

“Subjects were presented for Inquest proceedings before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Tagbilaran City for illegal trading of petroleum and/or petroleum products, prohibited and penalized under Sec 2(a) of Presidential Decree (PD) 1865,” the NBI said.

PD 1865, issued in 1983, defines and penalizes “certain prohibited acts inimical to the public interests and national security involving petroleum and/or petroleum products, prescribing penalties….”

The NBI said the operation was conducted after “a series of surveillance that confirmed that subject spouses are operating an unlicensed refilling and retailing of LPG, particularly Butane.”

“The Department of Energy-Visayas Field Office has issued a Certification stating that subject spouses are not registered with them for the issuance of Standard Compliance Certificate for the refilling, retailing, distribution, and hauling of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas),” it said.