BINONDO RAID YIELDS P2-B FAKE GAD­GETS, HOME ITEMS

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - —JULIE M. AURE­LIO

The Bu­reau of Cus­toms (BOC) has seized around P2 bil­lion worth of coun­ter­feit goods, in­clud­ing gad­gets, soaps and other house­hold items, from a stor­age fa­cil­ity in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

BOC Com­mis­sioner Isidro Lapeña said the goods were found in­side three units of Huang Lim Hong Lian Build­ing in Binondo.

“Thurs­day’s raid stemmed from tips from the brand owner, Unilever, which re­ported the unau­tho­rized dis­tri­bu­tion of fake prod­ucts,” Lapeña said on Fri­day.

Found in hun­dreds of boxes, they in­cluded fake elec­tron­ics, cell phone ac­ces­sories, GoPro cam­eras, head­sets, de­ter­gent soaps, vape juice and whiten­ing soaps, among others.

The prod­ucts were fake ver­sions of brands like Beats, Ap­ple, Sam­sung, Adi­das, Bose, Op- po, Olay and Aveeno.

Lapeña said there was no owner or worker present dur­ing the raid at the units, which was al­legedly rented by a cer- tain Brian Lee.

The BOC chief also noted that the coun­ter­feit goods did not un­dergo qual­ity con­trol.

De­ceiv­ing con­sumers

“They are un­der­min­ing the le­git­i­mate brand own­ers and de­ceiv­ing the con­sumers by sell­ing ‘fake branded prod­ucts’ of sub­stan­dard qual­ity. This is also a vi­o­la­tion of the In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Law and the Con­sumer Act,” Lapeña said.

The units will be se­cured by the BOC pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the is­suance of a war­rant of seizure and de­ten­tion, which means that the fake goods will be de­stroyed.

LYN RILLON

The BOC finds a room­ful of ‘fakes’ in a Manila stor­age fa­cil­ity but no one to ar­rest on Thurs­day.—

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