People’s Journal 21st May 2006

168 Mall Raided anew

Government agents raided again the popular 168 Mall in Divisoria, Manila for
selling counterfeit items.

The National Bureau of Investigation raided over the weekend two stalls in the
mall, known for its low prices, for selling fake “Kipling” bags worth P2.6 million.

Raided were the sales outlet and stockroom of Love Face General Merchandise
and Topherecia General Merchandise owned by Jocelyn Gou, Ivy Velasquez
and Christopher Palencia.

The retail outlet was located at Stall 1F-12 at the ground floor while the stockroom
was located at Unit WH-89 at the third floor of the mall.

Seized from the two establishments were 1,338 counterfeit “Kipling” bags.  Gou,
Velasquez and Palencia now face charges of trademark infringement.

NBI agents put establishments under surveillance and conducted test buys to confirm
evidence gathered through market research firm Orion Support Inc.

The NBI later obtained search warrants from Manila Judge Antonio Eugenio Jr.

The raid stemmed from the complaint filed by the Quisumbing filed by the
Quisumbing Torres Law Offices that the two firms were distributing and selling
counterfeit bags bearing the “Kipling” trademarks.

Article written by:

Hector Lawas
Peoples Journal (Philippines)