BOC destroys fake goods worth P1.8-M

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The worth of PHP1.80 million fake shoes, six Rolex wristwatches, and soaps were destroyed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday.

The destruction of the counterfeit goods marked the celebration of the National Intellectual Property Rights Month. 

BOC said in a statement on Friday, the items were among counterfeit products seized from different areas and ports.

In a report by PNA, it said that there were six fake Rolex watches from Thailand, seized by the BOC Port of Clark last Feb. 5, 2018. The items were found in the luggage of an arriving passenger that was subjected to physical examination to verify the X-ray images.

Meanwhile, assorted items like fake shoes and soaps were taken from operation conducted by authorities in Sucat, Paranaque City on January 29, 2019.

Further, items like fake cigarettes, bags, wallets, phones, phone accessories, shirts, belts, as well as CDs and money chips, among others confiscated by other apprehending agencies.

Under Republic Act No. 8293, the importation of fake goods is prohibited. It is also known as the "Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines".

"The BOC will remain steadfast in securing our borders and in protecting the local consumers against fake and hazardous goods," BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said

Source: PNA

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