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No cure for this lure

  • Written by Dennis F. Fetalino
  • Published in Opinion
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There is quite simply no escaping the long arm of the law.

True, it may take quite sometimes to reach you, and reach you at eventually will.

It is just a matter of time.

Which only serially proves the old saying that crime does not pay.

But apparently, the thrill of getting away with the crime is just too over powering, some people could not handle it.

Specially, if the prize or incentive is also irresistible or an offer that is hard to refuse. That’s why so many fall for the lure of the fast buck, the perils of quick profit.
   
For instance, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation Cabanatuan District Office nabbed a vendor of fake cigarettes in Talavera, Nueva Ecija as the government stepped up its crackdown on contraband cigarettes.
   
Fortunato S. Gatmaitan of Peryas, Barangay La Torre, Talavera was arrested after he was caught in possession of fake Mighty and Marvels cigarettes.
   
NBI agents, armed with a search warrant issued by Cabanatuan City RTC Branch 24 Executive Judge Ana Marie C. Joson-Viterbo, went to a warehouse in Peryas, Barangay  La Torre, Talavera Nueva Ecija purportedly owned by a certain Steven Go, who is nowhere to be located.
   
The search yielded 692 reams of alledge counterfeit Mighty and Marvels cigarettes. A representative from Mighty Corp. confirmed that the seized items were fake products.
   
Basis of arrest was pursuant to Section 5, Rule 113 of the Revised Rules of the Court during implementation of search warrant for possession of allegedly fake Mighty and Marvels Cigarettes and was charged with violating Section 155 (trademark infringement) in relation to Section 170 of Republic Act 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.
   
The NBI acted on the complaint filed by Malolos, Bulacan-based cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. of the rampant sale and distribution of fake Mighty products.
   
The incident was the latest in the government’s continuing crackdown on the manufacture and distribution of fake cigarettes, as well as the sale of smuggled tobacco products, across the nation.
   
Aside from the Mighty and Marvels brands, authorities have also noted the proliferation of other smuggled and fake cigarette brands identified as Marlboro, Winston, Far Star, Fort, American Legend, Union, Navy, and Gudang Garam.
   
The smuggled brands are manufactured in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Cambodia.
   
Authorities have already renewed their warning against the manufacture, sale and distribution of fake cigarettes and vowed to round up retailers, distributors and importers of smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes.
   
Earlier, NBI agents arrested Jeffrey de Guzman Castro, alias Puroy de Guzman, of Esguerra Village, Barangay Esguerra also in Talavera for possession of large quantities of fake Mighty Full Flavor, Mighty Menthol 100s, Marvels Filter Kings and Marvels Menthol 100s