Ar­raign­ment for 6 Chi­nese moved anew to Nov. 24

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THE Re­gional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 moved again the ar­raign­ment for the six Chi­nese na­tion­als ac­cused of dis­tribut­ing fake cig­a­rettes in Davao City next week.

Pre­sid­ing Judge Ret­rina Fuentes of the RTC Branch 10 sched­uled the ar­raign­ment on Novem­ber 24, Fri­day, at 10 a.m. as the ac­cused need an in­ter­preter.

Yue­qun Shi, owner of a cig­a­rette ware­house in Buhangin, is charged with five counts of trade­mark in­fringe­ment, five counts of un­fair com­pe­ti­tion, five counts false des­ig­na­tion of ori­gin, false de­scrip­tion, and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty code.

His rel­a­tives—Chun Qun, Mei Qun, Jian Qun, Tian Pei and Lian Zai, all sur­named Shi, were also charged with six counts of trade­mark in­fringe­ment, six counts of un­fair com­pe­ti­tion and six counts of false des­ig­na­tion of ori­gin and false de­scrip­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the court, the de­fense coun­sel will have to look for an­other in­ter­preter for the ac­cused, as the pre­vi­ous

in­ter­preter they hired has a prob­lem deal­ing with the ac­cused who are not fa­mil­iar with English and Filipino lan­guages.

The six ac­cused were ar­rested by the mem­bers of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG)-Davao last July 21, fol­low­ing the Philip Mor­ris For­tune To­bacco Cor­po­ra­tion Inc. com­plaint over the pro­lif­er­a­tion of fake roll-ups. ICT

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