85 liters of gasoline, 45 liters of crude oil confiscated in Lapu

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A TOTAL of 85 liters of gasoline and 45 liters of crude oil was confiscated by operatives of the Regional Intelligence Division (RID) 7 and the Department of Energy (DOE) 7 during their inspections in gasoline stations in Lapu-Lapu City.

According to Police Col. Glenn Mayam, head of the RID 7, they are conducting inspections to prevent unscrupulous sellers from taking advantage of the current crisis.

In their inspections, they found some gas stations selling gasoline and crude oil higher than their regular price.

Mayam said one group led by Police Maj. Joffre Grande was able to confiscate 70 liters of gasoline.

Another group led by Police Capt. Joseph Aquino confiscated 30 liters of crude oil and 15 liters of gasoline from two men in Barangay Bangkal.

Alexander Turceno, 39, a native of Tudela, Camotes and Dee Mark Mondejar, 25, a resident of Bangkal were arrested and are detained at the RID 7.

The confiscated gasoline and crude oil were estimated to be worth P15,000.

Mayam said the operation was in line with the violation of EO 2021-076, an order issued by Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan establishing guidelines during the State of Calamity in the city.

Meanwhile, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said business establishments selling overpriced goods will also be apprehended.

This, after complaints surfaced about two ice plants in Cebu City allegedly selling their products for 300 percent to 500 percent higher than the original price before the typhoon.

“Please don’t take advantage because if you take advantage, your enemy is me and please shape up before we will get you into much trouble,” Rama said.

“We will look for them and arrest them. Tell me and I will go there. If you do not shape up then I will arrest you,” he added.

A business owner told Superbalita Cebu that before “Odette” hit, a block of ice would cost P220. But after the typhoon, it now costs between P600 and P1,000.

Rama said his warning is not only for ice plant operators, but for all business establishments in the city.

In a previous statement, Rama had said the business permits of establishments proven guilty of jacking up prices of basic commodities will be revoked. (BBT, PAC / CCP)

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