MANILA -- Authorities arrested nine persons for “scalping” tickets during the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball finals between the Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines in Pasay City on Saturday.
Senior Supt. Noel Flores, Pasay City police chief, identified the suspects as Alfredo Molina, Michael Dino, Jhion Randell Guison, Edgardo Lacap IV, Antonio Borja, Alex Vinas, Rex Peral, Billy Jon Alturas and Alberto Manarang.
Elements of the Mall of Asia Police Community Precinct 11 apprehended the suspects at around 11:30 a.m. They are facing charges for violation of City Ordinance 192 (Anti-Scalping) or illegal sale of tickets.
The suspects sold VIP tickets regularly priced at PHP450 for PHP3,000; lower box tickets worth PHP350 for PHP1,500, upper box tickets worth PHP200 for PHP1,000 and general admission tickets worth PHP50 and PHP75 for PHP500 and PHP750, respectively.
They also sold 471 upper box complimentary passes at PHP700 each.
"Let this be a lesson to the scalping syndicate. Stop. Let the tickets be sold freely in the open market," Flores said.
The crackdown on scalpers as per directive of Director Guillermo Eleazar, head of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), was implemented by the Pasay police upon the instructions of Southern Police District director, Senior Supt. Eliseo Cruz.
Eleazar said that most of the people who will attend the games are students and it's such a pity if students will have to pay 10 to 20 times the ticket value to watch, considering they live on measly allowances.
"We will arrest scalpers anywhere this series goes. We may even get the masterminds. So, I am warning these opportunists, these syndicates, stop because we will get you," Eleazar added.
For his part, Cruz warned that they will continue to go after these scalpers.
“Even our foreign embassy guests are looking for tickets and it's a shame that they can't get tickets because syndicates have cornered the tickets, so they can sell at higher prices," the SPD chief noted. (PNA)