CPCC probes conditional sale of alcohol

CAGAYAN DE ORO. A DTI-Northern Mindanao personnel conducts price and supply monitoring in one of the drug stores here to ensure essential products such as medicines, masks, among others are available and not overpriced. (Photo by PJ Orias)

THE City Price Coordinating Council (CPCC) is investigating an establishment in Cagayan de Oro that makes its customers purchase at least P200 worth of products before selling a small bottle of alcohol.

“Kanang kinahanglan magpalit og uban nga items worth at least P200 ayha ka baligyaan og gamay nga alcohol, we’re having that investigated already,” CPCC Chairman lawyer Edgardo Uy said.

(We’re already having an investigation about a report which customers are forced to buy other items worth at least P200 before they can buy a small bottle of alcohol.)

Uy said it is against the right of the consumers to choose what products to purchase.

“Kung walaon nimo na nga katungod niya, nasupak na ang iyang basic right as a consumer kay ingon na ‘dili tika baligyan ani kun dili ka magpalit ani,’ so murag binuang,” Uy said.

(If you take away the consumer’s right, you violate their right as a consumer because it implies like ‘I won’t sell you this if you don’t buy that.’ so it is fooling you.)

According to Uy, there’s a lack of supply of alcohol in Cagayan de Oro City at present. And although they have already purchased from their suppliers in Manila, the shipment of the alcohol supply is still indefinite.

“Gahulat lang gyud sila when is the delivery kay daghan niini ang naa sa ilang distribution centers based pa in Manila,” Uy said.

(We are waiting for the delivery because many supplies are still in distribution centers based in Manila.)

“Wala pay definite period. Nag confirm sila nga medyo gamay-gamay na gyud ang stocks,” he added.

(There is no definite period. They confirmed that there are only few stocks left.)

Uy further said there’s no assurance as to when the shipment of alcohol supply will arrive as there are delays due to the ordered community quarantine in Manila and other areas in the country.

Meanwhile, the CPCC is also monitoring the supply of immune boosters such as vitamin C and ascorbic acid medicines as they also began dwindling, Uy said.


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