(January 22, 2010)

Successive raids in five Pasay City establishments on Wednesday have yielded fake Vans rubber shoes worth P6.2 million, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said. More than 3,400 pairs of fake Vans shoes were found and seized at sales outlets and stockrooms of G.P. Nicanor Footwear and/or Yang Ying Li and/or Yang Rong Hou and/or Ana Yang, both of which are located at stalls in the ground and second floors of U-Need Shopping Center along Taft Avenue in Pasay City. A unit at the fourth floor of the Harrison Shoe Plaza along F. B. Harrison corner Agtarap Street in the city was also raided. Unit 30 of the Harrison Shoe Plaza’s fifth floor stockroom was also raided. Fake shoes belonged to R. L. Laneda Footwear and/or Jimmy Sy and/or Richard Lanosa Laneda, the bureau added. The raids were undertaken after Vans Inc., the company that makes the shoes under the same brand name, filed a complaint at the NBI.