March 22, 2007

NBI seizes P0.6-M worth of fake jeans

MANILA, Philippines — Some P600,000 worth of fake Lee jeans were seized by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation during a series of raids in Parañaque and Pasay City.

NBI said the recent raids were prompted by a complaint filed by H.D.Lee Company Inc., which was represented by Quisumbing Torres Law Offices.

Agents of the NBI Intellectual Property Rights Division swooped down on the retail outlets and stockroom owned by Chinese national Eng Kang, alias Patching Kang or Cai Tian Jiang.

Raided were Stalls 1H9 and 1H10, G/F, Galleria Baclaran Shopping Mall, Taft Avenue Extension, Pasay City and No. 268 Fokker St. Concorde Subdivision, in the village of Tambo, Parañaque City.

Seized from the establishments were at least 498 pairs of jeans, NBI agents conducted surveillance operations on the establishment and eventually obtained search warrants to conduct the raids.

Jose Justo Yap, head of the NBI’s Intellectual Property Rights Division, said the owners of raided businesses will be charged in court.

Tina Santos