By Mario Casayuran | Tempo
Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. urged the Philippine National Police yesterday to set up police desks in malls, night markets, supermarkets, and department stores to protect buyers from criminal elements as pre-Christmas shopping activities gain momentum.
Marcos also suggested that the Department of Trade and Industry should also put up complaint corners to extend immediate assistance to consumers who would encounter problems with the products they purchased.
“Bad elements make heyday during Christmas victimizing shoppers who, because of excitement, have become careless about their belongings. We need visible and alert policemen inside shopping malls to protect consumers from mostly pickpockets, and other individuals who go to malls not to shop but with devious intentions like kidnapping,” he said.
Marcos also recommended that aside from complaint desks, policemen in civilian clothes should also be deployed to roam around and secretly monitor the situation and nip criminal attempts in the bud.
“The DTI should, likewise, assign representatives and designate DTI corners so that consumers and shoppers can easily lodge complaints with the agency about prices and the quality of products being sold,’’ he added.
“We always hear of complaints of overpriced and substandard items. That’s why a DTI desk is necessary so that consumers can easily access government assistance,” he added.
Marcos had earlier said the DTI should come out with suggested retail prices on prime commodities commonly bought for Christmas like food for noche buena and apparels.