AUTHORITIES seized P700,000 worth of butane canisters, refilling machines and other paraphernalia for operating a butane refilling plant on Friday, July 19, 2019 in Minglanilla, Cebu.
Minglanilla police seized 24 super tank liquefied petroleum gas cylinders, two refilling machines, two compressor tanks, 1,392 refilled butane canisters, 2,000 empty butane canisters and a digital weighing scale during a raid around 9 p.m.
They collared three men in the act of refilling empty butane canisters inside a property in Sitio Lower Linao, Barangay Linao.
Taken into custody were Elmer Salvado, 23, of Barangay San Isidro, Talisay City; and Bergolen Albios, 23, and Elmer Padayao, 28, both residents of Barangay Maghaway, Talisay City.
Police Captain June Tabigo-on said the suspects refused to disclose the owner of the butane refilling plant.
Charges are being readied against them for violating Presidential Decree 1865, or the Illegal Trading of Petroleum Products. (from FMD of SuperBalita Cebu/VLA)