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OMB raids fake DVD stalls in Quiapo


The Optical Media Board stormed a building in Quiapo district in Manila where pirated DVDs were being sold to the public.

A report on Balitanghali on Tuesday, however, said most of the stall owners fled the scene upon arrival of the OMB operatives.

"Unfortunately nagtakbuhan yung mga may-ari nito nang dumating ang ating mga kapulisan. However, we will do our best of course to identify ang may-ari ng mga stalls," OMB chairman Anselmo Adriano said.

OMB operatives arrived at the scene on Monday afternoon with the Regional Public Safety Battalion of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) since the building on the corner of Hidalgo and Bautista streets was only 200 meters away from the two explosions that rocked the area last week.

The report said the stalls also served as a one-stop shop for pirated movies since the OMB also found several improvised replicating machines and DVD writers.

Adriano said the suspects easily pirated movies because most of the parts they need can be purchased at a computer hardware store.

"Yung mga dati kasi na malalaki bukod sa mahal ang cost at ito’y ini-import. Ito kasing mga ito ay readily available kumbaga parang over-the-counter lang na mabibili mo sa computer shop yung mga burner tapos ia-assemble na lang nila," he said.

Authorities also found pirated DVDs stored in a box and ready to be shipped to the provinces.

More than 500 sacks worth P70 million were recovered by the OMB during the raid.

The report said the Hidalgo entrance of the underpass in Quiapo has been closed for security reasons.

The OMB seized all pirated DVDs and replicating machines, which will then be brought to their headquarters for investigation. — Joseph Tristan Roxas/BM, GMA News