Cavite police scores biggest catch of pirated DVDs

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Composite operatives from the Cavite Provincial Police Office (PPO), Optical Media Board (OMB), Cavite Provincial Intelligence Branch and Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) confiscated P11-million worth of pirated DVDs in simultaneous raids at different stores in six cities and municipalities here on Friday afternoon.

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Senior Supt. Joselito Esquivel Jr., Cavite provincial police director, said that the 100 joint operatives led by Police Supt. Romano Cardino, chief of Cavite Provincial Intelligence Branch; Police Chief Insp. Dephrey Punzalan, chief of SWAT; Police Supt. Romell Estolano, chief of Bacoor police; and Dean Perez, intelligence officer of OMB, swooped down the different stores inside the public markets of six cities and municipalities.

Optical Media Board Chairman Ronnie Ricketts congratulated Cavite Provincial Director Esquivel for successfully scoring the biggest catch of pirated DVD movies in the Calabarzon region.

He added that the pirated DVDs which cover such as games, sex movies and softwares, mostly in English and Asian languages, “portray various forms of violence which are being imitated by youths, mostly children, and probably contribute to increasing volume of crimes in Cavite.”

Esquivel said that the confiscated DVDs placed in 77 sacks have estimated value of P11,000,000, considered by the OMB to be the biggest catch so far in the Calabarzon. Police Superintendent Cardino said that the pirated DVDs were confiscated in the cities of Trece Martires, Bacoor and Dasmariñas and in municipalities of Rosario, Naic and General Trias.

Duplicating machines such as DVD burners and replicators were also seized which, according to the police, can swiftly produce thousands of DVD contents in one hour with very minimum investment but with too big profits. The OMB said that the big pack DVD is being sold in the market for P70 each while the smaller one P50.

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