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Ralph Recto: Timbangan ng Bayan to protect consumers from scammers

Nov 6, 2018 @ 17:31

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said requiring all local government units to establish Timbangan ng Bayan Centers in all public and private markets in the country will protect consumers from cheating vendors.

The Batangas politiko said authorities have confiscated fraudulent weighing scales during a raid that were “government-sealed.”

“Nito lang nakaraang linggo ay nabalita ang raid na isinagawa sa palengke sa Quiapo at ang napakaraming tampered o madayang timbangan na kinum­piska ng mga awtoridad. Pawang may mga ‘selyo’ pa o katunayang tama sa timbang ang nakumpiskang timba­ngan, na sa pagsusuri ng awtoridad ay mga peke pala,” Recto said.

Under his proposed Se­nate Bill No. 1970, scammers found guilty using fraudulent weighing scales will be fined between P50,000 to P300,000 or imprisoned between one to five years.

“Kailangan natin ang ganitong mga hakba­ngin upang maprotektahan ang mamimili at maisaayos ang kalakaran sa ating mga palengke at pamilihan. Naniniwala tayo na sa itinaas na multa at dagdag na taon ng pagkakulong, magdadalawang-isip ang mga negosyante at tindero bago mambiktima muli ng kanilang kapwa,” Recto said.

“Sa pamamagitan ng Timbangan ng Bayan Centers, bibigyan natin ng sandata ang mamimili laban sa mga manlolokong tao,” he added.

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