13,000 LPG-filled butane canisters seized, four arrested in Consolacion, Cebu

By: Benjie Talisic, Morexette Marie B. Erram February 06,2019 - 07:40 PM

LPG-filled butane canisters is prohibited under Presidential Decree 1865. /CDN File Photo

 

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Over 13,000 illegally refilled butane canisters estimated to be worth P1.7 million were confiscated from four individuals who were arrested in an entrapment operation inside a warehouse in  Barangay Tayud, Consolacion  on Tuesday afternoon, February 5.

Operatives from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CDIG-7), led by Superintendent Lito Patay, and the legal team from the region’s Department of Energy (DOE-7) arrested Perdito Octares, Jerwin Manulat, Elesar Luzon, and Daniel Manulat.

A report released today, February 6, by the Consolacion police said that  the suspects were caught in the act on refilling empty butane canisters with liquified petroleum gas (LPG), which is a violation of Presidential Decree No. 1865 that prohibits the sale or distribution of petroleum products for profit and without a license from the government.

Aside from empty and filled butane canisters, other items recovered were 255 pieces of LPG tanks, 12 portable stoves, a refiller machine, a power craft air compressor, and a multicab, the report added./elb

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