Quirino PNP nabs Price Act Violator

In line with the all-out campaign against all forms of criminality and those who take advantage on the present COVID-19 crisis, Quirino Police Provncial Office under the leadership of the Provincial Director, Police Colonel RENATO B MALLONGA arrested Francis Natividad y Sadang for violation of RA 7581 otherwise known as “The Price Act” -An Act Providing Protection to Consumers by Stabilizing the Prices of Basic Necessities and Prime Commodities and by Prescribing Measures against Undue Price Increases During Emergency Situations and Like Occasions.

On March 30, 2020 at 4:15 PM, joint personnel of Diffun Municipal Police Station, Quirino Provincial Intelligence Unit (QPIU), CIDG Quirino PFU, Regional Intelligence Unit 2 (RIU2) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of Quirino conducted entrapment operation for violation of RA 7581 that resulted in the arrest of Francis Natividad. Said person was caught in the act of selling beyond the suggested retail price (SRP) after he received the five hundred peso (Php500.00) bill as marked money in exchange of Ethyl alcohol in an amount of P850.00 per gallon to a police officer who acted as poseur buyer. Arrested person failed to present pertinent documents authorizing him to engage in such business. One (1) five hundred peso bill used as marked money with serial number DN 919167 and one hundred seventy eight (178) gallon of unlabeled ethyl alcohol with an amount of one hundred fifty one thousand three hundred pesos (Php151,300.00) ere seized during said operation.

The Provincial Director, PCOL RENATO B MALLONGA lauded his personnel for a job well done and encouraged them to perform their duties with utmost dedication.