MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday said that it has seized a total of Php 143 million worth of counterfeit items in a series of successive operations.

The NBI said that the operations were conducted by operatives of the Intellectual Property Rights Division (NBI-IPRD) and Anti-Fraud Division (NBI-AFD) on various stalls in shopping centers in Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga; Quezon City; Manila; Greenhills, San Juan City; and a warehouse in Binan, Laguna.

The IPRD operations were conducted on the strength of the search warrants issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 and the Pasig City RTC Branch 159 that resulted in the seizure of fake Gibson shoes worth Php 418,500 and personal computers loaded with unlicensed autocad software with an estimated value of Php 6.6 million, respectively.

The case arose from a complaint of Antonio Andres, Jr. that certain establishments in Dau and Mabalacat, Pampanga were engaged in sale and distribution of shoes and boots, bearing the trademark “Gibson”.

Shoes being sold in the said establishments are allegedly came from China, and imitating products of Gibson’s, a company located in Marikina City which provides uniform footwear for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

On the other hand, operatives of the NBI-AFD seized seized last Jan. 27 and 28, 2016 4,130 pieces of counterfeit Burberry, Bulgari and Chanel products with about Php 136.17 million in various stalls at different shopping centers located in Manila and Greenhills, San Juan City on the strength of search warrants issued by Manila RTC Branch 46 Presiding Judge Rainelda H. Estacio-Montesa.

The NBI-AFD said that the case stemmed from a complaint of See Hock Heng alias “See”.

Charges for violation of copyright infringement under Section 177 in relation to 217 of Republic Act No. 8293, or the “Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines”, are now being prepared against the subjects in the series of operations. PNA/northboundasia.com