Every form of refuge has its price. Glenn Frey
Who said the law is not operative in remote parts of the country?
The fact is, state law-enforcement authorities are in hot pursuit of not only violent criminals but also brazen violators of the country’s economic and financial laws.
Law enforcers are not letting their guard down on intellectual property thieves.
And this bodes well for the New Year as the Duterte administration steps up its campaign against counterfeiting and similar illicit trade
In fact, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation have arrested three illicit trade violators in three separate areas in Northern Mindanao.
Suspects Ricardo Rabago Jr. and Melodina Sabala, of Gusa, were separately held while in the act of selling 6,000 and 4,000 packs, respectively, of fake Mighty and Marvels cigarette brands in two different locations of Brgy. Poblacion, San Fernando, Bukidnon.
Aside from the packs, NBI agents also seized a sales invoice of the fake cigarettes issued by a certain Happy Star Food Manufacturing and Marketing Corporation to Rabago.
Also seized from Sabala was a utility vehicle, with plate KVW-504, used in transporting the contraband items.
Another NBI team collared a third suspect, Christian Uy, of Brgy. Poblacion, Valencia City, Bukidnon, while in the act of selling 13,750 packs of fake Mighty and Marvels cigarette brands in his own sari-sari store.
The lawmen, armed with search warrants issued by Judge Isobel G. Barroso of the Regional Trial Court Branch, in Malaybalay City, acted on the complaint of Filipino-owned Mighty Corporation.
The suspects were charged with violation of Section 155 (trademark infringement) in relation to Section 170 of Republic Act 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, under NPS Docket no. X-01-INQ-16-L-00530.
With the help of MC technical experts, the NBI, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Customs and the National Police have banded together to run after illicit traders operating in many parts of the country.
Indeed, when all state enforcers are in on a core mission such as battling economic crime like counterfeiting, no violator can escape the long arm of the law.
Behold God’s glory and seek His mercy.
Pause and pray, people.