MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended the filing of criminal charges against 17 individuals allegedly involved in the rebagging and sale of National Food Authority (NFA) rice in Marilao, Bulacan.
To be charged for violation of Republic Act (RA) No. 7581, also known as The Price Act of 1992, are Juancho E. San Luis, Roel N. Bulalaque, Jose M. Grimio, Delfin C. Remogat, Antonio L. Gonzales, Ronnie O. Esplana, Antero G. Saturno, Wilson R. Agapito, Wilcris R. Agapito, Cesar C. Bernardo, Joseph B. Reyes, Annisito P. Almenario, Ferdinand Sarto, Paul G. James, Maximo C. Macasinag, Albert G. Javier, and Efren G. Brusola.
The charge against them is for violation of Section 5 (2) of the said law, which pertains to profiteering or the sale of goods grossly in excess of its true worth.
"Pertinently, the acts of the detained respondents show unity of action geared towards a common purpose, which is to re-bag the NFA rice to commercial sacks for sale at a higher price."
"Pointedly, the detained respondents have conspired with each other in committing violation of Sec 5 (2) of Republic Act No. 7581," the inquest resolution by the Bulacan Provincial Prosecutor's Office read.
Elements of the Bulacan Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT) received a tip from a confidential informant about the alleged illegal rebagging activity on July 2.
The informant bared that the alleged rebagging was taking place in Jomarro Star Ricemill in Barangay Abangan Norte, Marilao.
The rebagged rice were allegedly sold bearing various brands at more or less P43 per kilo, as found by a CIDT poseur-buyer deployed to the site on July 3.
The DOJ, meantime, will hear the preliminary investigation on the charges against at-large respondents Roberto and Regina Pualenco on July 17 at 2 p.m.