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Over P5M worth of ‘fake’ power tools seized in Navotas

December 20, 2022 Edd Reyes 391 views

AUTHORITIES raided an unregistered company selling counterfeit branded high-quality power tools products following a complaint filed by the representative of Makita and an examiner of CLK Supertools Depot.

Elements of the District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) of Northern Police District (NPD) led by P/Capt. Melito Pabon, under the supervision of Col. Erosito Miranda, swooped down the company located at San Rafael Village on Monday by a search warrant issued by Hon. Judge Maria Zoraida S. Zabat-Tuazon, Presiding Judge of Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 90.

The search warrant was applied by Pabon and was granted by RTC after a series of surveillance, verification and test buy conducted by operatives of DSOU against the business entity allegedly registered under the name of alias “Ben Ong”; “Ben Ang”; and “Haitao Hong.”

In his report to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director P/Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, Miranda said the raiding team confiscated misbranded Makita products consisting of 700 pieces of impact drill, 300 welding machines, and 24 impact hammer drills with an estimated market value of P5,537,000.

Police also discovered other products inside the establishment believed to be counterfeit, with a market value of more or less P200 million.

Verification conducted by DSOU operatives revealed that the company was not registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and did not obtain a permit and license to operate from the Navotas City Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO).

“Lubos naming kinikilala ang pakikipagtulungan ng ating mga kababayan sa inyong kapulisan lalo na sa pag-uulat ng mga kalokohan o panloloko sa kapwa katulad ng insidenteng ito. Sinisiguro namin ang agarang aksyon pagkatapos maberipika ang katotohanan ng nasabing ulat at panagutin ang sinumang lumabag sa ating mga batas. Ngayong kapaskuhan, ibayong pinag-iingat natin ang ating mga kababayan sa mga nagsulputang panloloko ng mga taong lumalabag sa batas, agad itong iulat sa mga awtoridad upang agad itong maaksyonan,” Estomo said in statement.

Charges for violation of Section 168 (Unfair Competition) under Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines will be filed against the owner, manager of the company.