Malacañang warns hoarders of possible arrest as DTI limits alcohol purchase

Malacañang warns hoarders of possible arrest as DTI limits alcohol purchase

- The Malacañang ordered to regularize the purchasing of supplies in the country amid coronavirus fears

- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that hoarders may face jail time for buying too many supplies

- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also ordered to limit the selling of alcohol bottles to two bottles per customer

- Those who resell the supplies at a higher price may also face penalties for their actions

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The Malacañang warned those who hoard supplies of basic commodities amid coronavirus scare in the country.

KAMI learned that the Palace said that hoarders may face arrest for their actions.

In a report by the GMA News Online (authored by Virgil Lopez), there has been a great demand for food supplies and disinfectants like alcohol and hand sanitizers due to the increasing cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Many social media posts recently went viral after capturing several people buying bulk orders of alcohol and face masks. Some people are also reselling these goods at a higher price.

“The Office of the President hereby gives warning to those hoarding vital commodities, which create a hike in the prices, as well as selling them beyond their regular prices, that their actions will be dealt with accordingly in pursuance of public safety and order,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

“Those who unscrupulously take advantage of the health crisis will also be arrested and dealt with in accordance with law,” he added.

Meanwhile, in a report by the Manila Bulletin (authored by Marjaleen Ramos), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ordered retailers to limit the selling of alcohol to two bottles per customer.

“They cannot go beyond that. To prevent them from hoarding and reselling at a higher price. Dalawa lang ang pwede nilang bilhin,” DTI Undesecretary Ruth Castelo said.

“We’re under a price freeze, lahat ng basic necessities ng limang ahensya under the price act, hinde puwedeng magtaas. Pwede ibaba ng retailers if they wish to, pero hindi pwedeng lumampas sa prevailing price that we have,” she added.

The undersecretary also explained that people caught reselling supplies at a higher price will face penalties.

“Merong penalty yan of 5-15 years and a fine of P5,000 to 2 million pesos,” she said.

“We’re being very strict now because we’re now under a state of emergency. We cannot allow people to take advantage of the current situation ng customers natin,” she added.

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As previously reported by KAMI, the Department of Health (DOH) announced a total of 49 coronavirus disease cases in the Philippines.

The Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) was first reported in Wuhan, China. The Philippines reported its second death linked to coronavirus.

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