Tempo February 05, 2007

NBI seizes P1.5-M fake rubber shoes

Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) seized counterfeit Vans rubber shoes worth P1.5 million during simultaneous raids conducted in PasayCity, the bureau reported yesterday.

Raided were the stockrooms of Aho Tan located at Units D-5 & D-6 and in front of Units D-7 & D-8, AlokBuilding, 3030 Agtarap St., Pasay.

Lawyer Jose Justo Yap, chief of the NBI Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD), said the NBI agents put the establishments under surveillance and conducted test buys to confirm the evidence gathered through Orion Support Incorporated (OSI), a market research firm representing the Intellectual Property of Vans.

OSI and NBI simultaneously conducted several investigative activities to determine the firm’s illicit activities. The NBI later obtained the search warrants from judge Reynaldo G. Ros, of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 33.

Armed with the warrants, the raiding teams swooped down on the stockrooms last Thursday.

Jeamma E. Sabate

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