NBI-10, govt agencies seize Thermal scanners worth P1.9m

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By GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent
March 25, 2020

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CAGAYAN de Oro City--Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation, Region 10 (NBI-10) led other government agencies in confiscating some 203 pieces of Thermal scanners at a house in Barangay Gusa this city on March 24.

Authorities said the fever detectors against virus worth P1.9 million were confiscated during an entrapment operation conducted by the NBI, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Regulatory and Compliance Board (RCB), and local officials of Barangay Gusa.

NBI-10 Regional Director Patricio Bernales Jr. said the confiscated items were found stored in a residence allegedly owned by a person identified only by officials as a certain Mr. Chong in Barangay Gusa.

Bernales said the thermal guns can be bought online but customers have to get the items personally.

He said the owner claimed he was a licensed government supplier, and is affiliated with the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (Philgeps).

“We confiscated the items since it is overpriced and the products have no labels,” he said, adding among the violations committed are the Republic Act (RA) 7581 or the Price Act signed into law on May 27, 1992 and RA 9711, otherwise known as as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Act of 2009.

Bernales said the owner, Mr. Chong, can be held liable.

Antonio Resma Jr., head of the RCB, said the business owner did not present any legal document during the operation.

“They failed to present appropriate and necessary certificate of product registration and license to operate from the supplier as mandated as by the FDA advisory 2020-434 and RA 9711, mandatory labeling requirement,” Resma said.

Bernales said the seized items will be presented as evidence in court, but added they may request to have them distributed in various government agencies.


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