Police seize fake Habagat bags worth P100T in Mandaue raid-A A +A
Sunday, May 11, 2014
AUTHORITIES raided a shop that allegedly manufactured fake Habagat bags last Friday night in Barangay Looc, Mandaue City.
Personnel from the Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) of the Mandaue City Police Office seized four sewing machines with a total estimated value of P400,000 and other materials worth P100,000.
Senior Insp. Jimmy Fortes, IDMB chief, said they’d placed the establishment under surveillance for three months after the management of the Habagat Outdoor Philippines asked for their help. They raided the establishment after securing a search warrant from Regional Trial Court Branch 56 Judge Teresita Galanida.
Three male workers were inside when police officers entered the shop in Sitio Isla de Palma accompanied by Habagat Outdoor Philippines production manager Pamela Veche at 6 p.m. last Friday.
Police did not arrest the workers as the warrant only provided for the confiscation of items.
The owner of the shop, identified only as Richard, was not around.
Fortes said the shop could dispose of 50 bags in a day, selling these at P250 to P300 each, or half the price of the original bag, which costs P650 to P700.
“The design is the same, except for the zipper,” said Fortes, adding the fake ones do not have the Habagat logo on the zipper.
Fortes said the seized items will be used as evidence in the filing of a case against the shop’s owner for violating the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.
He said they are trying to get more information about the owner from the shop workers. (RSB)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 11, 2014.