The CIDG flagship program against Illegal Refinery/Manufacturing/Importation and Retail of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Oplan "LIGAS") continues with local PNP units, and the Department of Energy (DOE) through the conduct of joint operations that resulted in the arrest of thirteen individuals for unlawful sale and the confiscation of approximately Php300,000.00 thousand worth of petroleum products.
From October 6, 2021 (Wednesday) through October 9, 2021 (Saturday), separate operations were carried out in Cagayan, Pangasinan, Tarlac City, Laguna, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Manila.
The suspects were identified as ANTHONY RAMOS ESTEPA, MA. JOANNE MARTINEZ TELLES, GERMAN ARMINGOL TELLES, NATALIO DESAMITO DELOS SANTOS, FELIPE REYES IGNACIO, MARISSA FERRER CLORES, HEBER LAGURA ABUHON, JAIME SALCEDO DUA, MARLON LLANITA ACUÑA, BENJIE MACASLANG BACTONG,LISA MURALLOS ROMERO, RAMON ALCANTARA CARDEÑO, and JOVY RIVERAL YOCTE.
The following combined pieces of evidence were recovered from the possession and control of the said suspects:
- Thirty-seven LPG-filled cylinders (11 kg);
- Forty-three empty LPG cylinders (11 kg);
- Seven empty LPG cylinders (2.7 kg);
- One LPG-filled cylinder (2.7 kg);
- One LPG-filled cylinder (7 kg);
- Nine LPG-filled cylinders (50 kg);
- Six empty LPG cylinders (50 kg)
- Eleven plastic containers containing a total of 70 liters of diesel;
- Fifty-two containers containing a total of 44 liters of unleaded petroleum gas;
- Thirty-seven containers containing a total of 8320 ml of premium petroleum gas;
- Several official and temporary receipts;
- Marked money;
- Improvised funnels;
- Decanting hoses;
- Weighing scales;
- A case of San Miguel Brewer; and
- Mitsubishi Aluminum Van.
While fifteen empty LPG cylinders were also voluntarily surrendered by ESTEPA.
PMGen Albert Ignatius D Ferro, CIDG Director said, “These suspects were arrested because of their non-conformance to standards and regulations set by DOE and for illegal retail of petroleum products without proper authorization. Dahil marami tayong natanggap na reklamo at impormasyon ng talamak na pagbebenta ng mga petroleum products na ito ng walang permiso sa mga kinauukulan, kaya ang CIDG ay patuloy na nagsasagawa ng malawakang operasyon para matugunan ang mga ito.”
“Any unregulated, substandard, and/or unauthorized petroleum products may endanger not only our family’s safety but our community’s as well. Ang mga ito ay maaaring magdulot ng pagsabog at sunog, kaya nga po puspusan ang aming paalala sa ating publiko na maging mapanuri at maingat sa pagbili at paggamit ng mga produktong ito para na rin sa pangangalaga at proteksyon ng ating pamilya at komunidad,” added PMGen Ferro.
The suspects are now facing charges for violation of PD 1865 (Short-Selling and Adulteration of Petroleum and Petroleum Products), RA 8293 (Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines), RA 623 as amended by RA 5700 (Act to Regulate the use of Duly-Stamped or Marked Bottles).
“We, your ‘AMIGO COPS’ will continue to fulfill its mandate against illegal traders and dealers of petroleum products as part of our compliance to the directives of our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and CPNP to conduct police operations against criminal acts that pose threat to public safety and health,” says CIDG Director.