2 nabbed for illegal trade of petroleum products in Pampanga

CAMP OLIVAS — Two people allegedly involved in trading of pilfered petroleum products were arrested on Tuesday in Mexico, Pampanga.

The suspects were identified as Merly Lalu, owner of AMP Gas Station, and worker Arbie Enero.

 Regional Mobile Force Battalion 3 Special Operations Group commander Lt. Col. Jay Dimaandal said they were informed that Lalu has been engaging in the sale and distribution of pilfered petroleum products although she has secured a permit from the local government.

Acting on the report, Dimaandal  coordinated with the Department of Energy-Luzon Field Office to verify if Lalu is authorized to operate in the business of retailing petroleum products, but was found to be unauthorized. 

Operatives of RSOG together with the Mexico police conducted an operation and were able to purchase 30 liters of diesel products from the gasoline station resulting in the arrest of the suspects. 

However, Lalu claimed that she is operating legally since she has secured a permit allegedly from the Mexico town mayor but failed to show a license to operate from the Department of Energy (DOE).

Seized from the suspects were undetermined amount of petroleum products, the P2,000 marked money, the AMP gas station signage, white plastic and blue drum containers.  

The two suspects will be charged with violation of BP 33 as amended by PD 1865.

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