The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Manila on Saturday destroyed at least P2 billion worth of confiscated fake goods.
In a statement, the BOC said the counterfeit goods were condemned through crushing and shredding at a condemnation activity in Meycauayan Bulacan.
The Customs said the fake of items seized by the Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD) of its Intelligence Group bore the brands Nike, Vans, Adidas, Jordan, Hello Kitty, New Balance, Victoria’s Secret, Lacoste, NBA, Gucci, Tribal, Jag, Fila, Supreme, Puma, Mickey Mouse, Wrangler, Cetaphil, Nivea, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Tommy, Champion, Cool Water, Jo Malone, Clinique, Glutamax, JBL, Dove, Jergens, and Dior.
The event was attended by Port of Manila Deputy Collector for Operations Liza Sebastian, Auction and Cargo Disposal Division Chief (ACDD) Enrico Turingan III, Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD) Chief Dominic Garcia, members of the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), and representatives from the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) as well as representatives from the various brand owners.
The condemnation proceeding was made in accordance with Section 1146 of Republic Act No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
For his part, BOC Port of Manila District Collector Michael Angelo Vargas warned the public to be wary of using counterfeit products as they may have adverse side effects; lotions, perfumes even electronic products that are substandard.
The BOC said it remains committed to protect the public and brand owners from “the menace of counterfeit trade.” -MDM, GMA News