AGENTS of the Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group seized an estimated P2 million worth of smuggled cigarettes and mosquito coils in a bid to arrest economic saboteurs.
According to PNP-CIDG director Maj. Gen. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. Chinese businessman Shi Yun Chung alias “Shi Zhen Cong,” 53, was arrested during an entrapment operation in Bgy. Sta. Rosa in Marilao, Bulacan.
Members of the CIDG Regional Field Unit 3 and the Bulacan CIDG Provincial Field Unit placed the Chinese trader under arrest during the sting conducted in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration last Monday.
Seized from the suspect were 2,050 boxes of unregistered “Wawang” mosquito coils valued at around P1.435 million.
The suspect is facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009, RA 7339 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines and RA 10611 or the Food Safety Act of 2013.
In Central Luzon, local CIDG officers arrested six men and confiscated nearly P400,000 worth of various smuggled cigarettes and expired food products being sold in the market last Tuesday.
Arrested for conspiring to sell an estimated P307,000 worth of smuggled cigaretes in Nueva Ecija were Lilia Cajucom, 63; Danilo Cabildo, 51; Apple Abia, 32; Thalia Abiog, 32; and James Gaoa, 29.
Confiscated from the five were more than 600 reams of smuggled Dunston Blue, Two Moon, Carnival, HP, D & B, Marlboro Red, RDG, Journey Red, Modern White and Golden Bridge Red cigarettes.
Meanwhile, Loreta Galino, 47, of Pampanga, was arrested for selling expired Tang Powder Juice, Oreo Biscuits, Homi Cup Noodles, Toblerone Chocolate, Eden Cheese and Cheez Whiz Bottle Spread worth P30,000.
Galino was charged with violation of the Consumer Act of the Philippines.