THIRTEEN persons including four Chinese nationals were arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for their involvement in the manufacture and distribution of fake motorcycle parts and accessories in Metro Manila.
PNP-CIDG officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Eliseo T. Rasco said more than P120,000 worth of suspected counterfeit motorcycle parts and accessories were seized by members of the CIDG Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Unit and the CIDG Anti-Organized Crime Unit during separate operations in Pasay City, Binondo and Quiapo, Manila last October 11, 13 and 15.
Arrested during the operation were Wei Shun Cai, Amy Cai, Rivers Co and their Filipino helpers Joan Sabusap, Larizza Osorio and Marissa Bajeta.
Rasco said the operations were triggered by a complaint lodged by a distributor of UMA Racing and Racing Boy products to the CIDG-AFFCU headed by Supt. Raymund Liguden.
The CIDG operatives first raided an unnamed store at B4, Parka, Kapitan Ambo Street, and GSM Merchandising in Unit A, 56 Russel Center, Russel Avenue, both in Pasay City, where they were able to seize 120 pieces of assorted suspected fake UMA Racing and Racing Boy products.
They next raided seven stalls at the 999 Mall in Binondo, Manila, and seized 110 pieces of similar suspected counterfeit products. Arrested during the raid were Chinese national Chen Chen and his companions Garilyn Bulan, Meriam Lebrido, Joy Concepcion and Alimar Butalid
In Quiapo raid, Vanessa Sy and Maricel Am-is were arrested. Authorities confiscated 184 pieces of similar counterfeit goods.
All suspects are now facing charges for violation of Section 168 (Unfair Competition) in relation to Section 170 of Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (RA 8293).