Luis Manzano reacts to accusations of overpricing face masks

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2020 12:00 PM

MANILA – Luis Manzano answered netizens who have accused him of overpricing face masks given the high demand from those seeking to protect themselves from the Taal Volcano ashfall.

This, after Manzano responded to one of Bianca Gonzalez’s posts on Twitter on Sunday, telling her that his shop still sells N95 masks before putting out the link to the online store Lucky and Lulu.

But several netizens noticed that the price of the masks from Manzano’s store is relatively higher than those being sold at drugstores.

Upon seeing this, some Twitter users accused the TV host of taking advantage of the situation.

Manzano, however, explained that the masks being sold at his store are not like the regular ones and are not overpriced.

“These were our suppliers’ prices 15 weeks ago, as well as global prices, so did we hoard ba? Nope! Nagtaas presyo ba? Nope! Did we take advantage of the situation? Nope! Nag-iisip ka ba? Nope,” he said in response to one of his accusers.

Taal Volcano, a popular tourist attraction set in the center of a picturesque lake, spewed on Sunday a massive ash cloud that drifted across parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, forcing the cancellation of flights and closure of schools and government offices. 

The Department of Health has recommended using N95 masks in areas heavily affected by ashfall.