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Binay slams unscrupulous traders for ‘overpriced’ face masks

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Senator Nancy Binay has slammed the “enterprising” attitude of traders and hoarders who have taken advantage of the Taal volcano eruption.

She deplored reports that some pharmacies and grocery stores have jacked up the price of face masks.

She warned that there are serious repercussions for establishments that are proven to have marked up the prices of goods during the crisis.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is keen to act on cases of overpricing and other predatory attitudes, she also said.

“Sana naman huwag natin sinasamantala ang ganitong mga krisis para lang kumita. Sana mas manaig ang pagbabayanihan at pagkawanggawa sa mga ganitong sitwasyon,” Binay said.

She, however, lauded private companies that have volunteered their resources to help in evacuation and road clearing efforts, among others.

She is confident that others would follow suit.

She also asked citizens to stay indoors unless completely necessary, especially as work and class suspensions have been announced.

Binay also encouraged the people to await instructions as to how to get rid of ash in their surroundings.

“Ipunin na lang po muna natin pagkatapos natin maglinis, at huwag gumamit ng tubig dahil baka magdulot ng pagbara sa mga drainage natin,” she said.

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