BOC seizes P800-M hot items in Parañaque

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SEVERAL boxes of contraband items amounting to P800 million were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday in two different warehouses at the Olivarez College said to be owned by the family of Mayor Edwin Olivarez and his father, former mayor and incumbent Barangay San Dionisio Chairman Pablo Olivarez.

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Customs Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Group Jessie Dellosa said the seized contraband items are fake brand of Converse and Nike shoes, Oakley, Lacoste and Havaianas imported slippers and local Sandugo slippers, all coming from China.

Dellosa would not confirm or deny if the warehouses were owned by the Olivarez family.

“Actually we still have to find out. I could not say yet although I already have a name. I still have to confirm,” Dellosa said when asked about the ownership of the warehouses.

He explained that the BOC is still investigating if the owner of warehouse has an involvement in the illegal importations of the seized items, including those who owned the “transportation” spotted in the warehouses.

The seized items will be inventoried and logged as evidence by the BOC, he said.

The consignees and the owners of the fake products face charges of violating Republic Act (RA) 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.

Dellosa would not identify the consignees noting that the “BOC is still investigating the case.”

Recently, the joint forces of the BOC, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines raided 17 warehouses in three separate compounds along Quirino Ave. resulting in the seizure of at least P1 billion in smuggled and fake items in Brgy. Tambo, Parañaque City.

Asked if there was a link between the recent incidences of seized items in Tambo, Parañaque to the seized items at the two warehouses at the Olivarez College, Dellosa claimed these were just coincidence.

The tip we received showed us here. So this is just a coincidence, he said.

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