MANILA, Philippines – Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña is reminding the public to make sure that the products they are using are not fake or imitations.
“If the registry numbers are all the same, that is fake. Supposed to be it’s sequential. If the one ends in 1 the next should end in 2,3,4,5… you buy from known or credible stores whose reputation is established, it will be safer that way,” Lapeña said.
This, after around P300-million worth of fake and smuggled soaps, seasonings and cigarettes were seized by the Bureau of Customs in three warehouses in Quezon City and Manila.
“This is a product of two months surveillance activities conducted by our enforcement and security service people this came about because of the report of our concerned citizens,” Lapeña said.
The operation was conducted against the suspect Erlinda Chua who was arrested after months of surveillance.
Based on the investigation by BOC, Chua had been selling fake and smuggled products in the past 5 years.
BOC considers her a bigtime smuggler because of the volume of products seized from her warehouses.
The agency is planning to file appropriate charges against Chua.
The Bureau of Customs calls on the public to immediately report to them should they notice suspicious activities in warehouses near their places to prevent such fake products to be delivered in markets and eventually cause harm to consumers’ health. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
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