POLICE arrested a Chinese businessman in Tacloban City for allegedly selling liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-refilled butane canisters in an operation Monday, November 25.
The suspect was identified as Rong Chang, 36, married and owner of XML Wholesale and Retail on Salazar Street in Barangay 19, Tacloban City.
Authorities also arrested the store helper, Virgil Flores Cabugwang, 25, a resident of Tacloban.
Operatives from Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Northern Leyte Provincial Field Office and Maritime Group 8 led by Lieutenant Colonel Marvin Pedere arrested the suspects around 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 25.
A police poseur buyer was able to buy butane canisters filled with LPG from their store in the amount of P25 each.
Also confiscated were three pieces of butane canisters filled with LPG (subject of buy-bust), P100 buy-bust money, 46 boxes each containing 24 pieces of butane canisters filled with LPG, and 66 plastic cases containing 24 pieces each of butane canisters filled with LPG.
The arrest was in coordination with the Department of Energy (DOE)-Visayas Field Office, police said.
The suspects will face charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1865 or the illegal trade of petroleum products.
The DOE has reminded the public to refrain from patronizing LPG-refilled butane canisters, citing its danger.
"LPG-refilled butane canisters are extremely dangerous, especially since butane canisters should only be used once. Refilling these tin canisters with LPG could cause fire and also greatly endangers the lives of our consumers," said the DOE in a previous statement. (SunStar Philippines)