“Some of the best things in life are total mistakes.”—Uma Thurman in Paycheck
Not only the high and mighty but also the lowly and miniscule.
Intellectual property thieves do not discriminate between or among socio-economic classes.
All is fair game to them.
And of course, they are the only ones laughing all the way to the bank while leaving everyone else holding the proverbial empty bag.
This simply cannot go on. And PedXing is glad that authorities are up to the task.
National Police officers have arrested another fake cigarettes vendor in Brgy. Sta. Barbara, Victoria, Tarlac as the government continues to tighten the noose on contraband products.
Loriza C. Guerrero, 29, of Matias District, Talavera, Nueva Ecija; Romart R. Bondoc, 16, of Brgy. Pula, Talavera, Nueva Ecija; and a 13-year-old minor (name withheld) were taken into police custody after they were caught in the act of selling fake Mighty Corp. and Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. products such as Mighty, Marvels, Marlboro and Fortune cigarettes.
Police officers PO3 Homer C. Puzon and PO1 Ely F. Cinense acted immediately on the complaint of a concerned citizen about a suspicious unmarked Mitsubishi L300 FB vehicle with plate number RNF-913 in Victoria which turned out to be loaded with fake cigarettes.
The policemen intercepted the said suspects’ vehicle along Victoria-Licab road that yielded multiple boxes containing 600 reams of different Mighty and PMFTC brand cigarettes.
Authorities brought the suspects and the contraband to the Victoria Police Station and immediately contacted both cigarette companies. A Mighty representative later confirmed the products as fake.
The suspects were later charged with violating Section 155 (trademark infringement) with Case No. 5648-2016 and NPS Docket No. 111-18-INQ-16-3-0485 in relation to Section 170 of Republic Act 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.
However, the 13-year-old was subsequently released from the PNP-Victoria station pursuant to Republic Act 9344 (Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act) while the 16-year-old Bondoc was found to have acted with discernment of the crime charged against him.
Despite numerous warnings from authorities, unscrupulous traders continue to smuggle, distribute and sell counterfeit cigarettes.
Last August, NBI agents nabbed Fortunato Gatmaitan of Peryas, Barangay La Torre, Talavera after he was caught in possession of 692 reams of fake Mighty and Marvels cigarettes.
The hold God’s glory and seek His mercy.
Pause and pray, people.