Several TV personalities have reacted to recent news that some things needed by many people these days have been all of a sudden sold at least twice their original price.

After Taal Volcano had a phreatic eruption Sunday, spewing ashes and smoke into the air that were then borne to far-reaching areas, the demand for an N95 mask, which blocks the inhalation of hazardous particles, has been high—and so has its price, at least in some outlets.

Comedian-actor Vice Ganda wrote on his social media account: “Napakasama nung mga nagtaas ng presyo ng face masks sa kasagsagan ng ash fall. Naunawaan ko naman ang Law of Demand and Supply sa Economics nung nag aaral ako. Pero ung iapply mo to sa gitna ng kalamidad e sobrang demonyo!”

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Young star Alexa Ilacad also expressed disappointment over how other people have been taking advantage of the situation.

“Sa mga nagbebenta ng overpriced masks, wag niyong idaan sa ‘law of suppy and demand’ yang pagiging indecent human beings ninyo. Sa oras ng matinding pangangailangan ng iba, naisip niyo pang pagkakitaan. nakakalungkot,” she tweeted.

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Comedy actress-singer Kakai Bautista pled with sellers to relax their “business is business” stand during a natural catastrophe.

“‘Wag nyo naman mahalan paano yung may kailangan tapos wala namang pambili? AY nako naman pag may disaster lagi nalang may greed. I-exempt naman natin ang DISASTER sa law of supply and demand,” she wrote.

Actor Alwyn Uytingco also implored for these merchants to stop hoarding the items.

“Nananawagan ako sa lahat ng supplier, seller sa buong Metro Manila at South ng Metro.. UTANG NA LOOB tigilan niyo ang pagtataas ng presyo ng kahit na anong uri ng protective masks! Huwag niyo hayaan mamatay mga tao dahil sa KASAKIMAN ninyo!!”

On a lighter note, actress Kim Chiu has commended a man, whose video became viral as it shows him giving away face masks for free.

“While other business stores doubling the price of the mask… God Bless you Kuya,” Kim wrote along with the photo of the good samaritan in action.

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It’s a good thing Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso issued a show-cause order against the medical suppliers accused of increasing prices of N95 face masks.

The city mayor said if they failed to explain themselves, their business permits might get revoked for profiteering from a calamity.

Close encounter

Fil-Am comic Jo Koy, who was in the Philippines for shows, extended his sympathy to those affected by the eruption.

Through an Instagram video, he encouraged his followers to send their prayers out to the affected families.

Both regular folks and celebrity residents of Batangas showed photos of their homes and how these have been buried in ashfall.

Basketball player Doug Kramer posted a picture of their roof and his kid’s playground, all covered with ash.

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The water in Pia Guanio’s pool became murky with ash fall.

Singer Chito Miranda was driving when the ashes fell with the rain.

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Actors Ken Chan and Miguel Tanfelix’s cars were covered with ashes, while Yasmien Kurdi’s home walkway had same scenario, as well as, Paolo Ballesteros’ veranda.

Some of the businesses and rest houses of the stars in Batangas were not spared from the ashfall too.

Happy Ongpauco-Tiu shared the situation at her restaurant Pamana in Tagaytay. It’s the same with Neri Naig’s business establishment in Laurel, Batangas.

TV host Willie Revillame witnessed the eruption the moment it happened and had even captured the moment on camera. He was training on riding a chopper when Willie noticed smoke coming from the volcano.

“Ay grabe ‘yung usok. Kitang-kita. Nandito ako ngayon, ano ngayon, ah 4:40,” he can be heard saying on the video.

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