ANTI-fraud operatives from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) have seized millions of pesos worth of fake seasoning products during separate operations in Nueva Ecija and Bulacan, officials said on Friday.
CIDG Director Benjamin Magalong said operatives of the unit’s Anti-Fraud Commercial Crime Unit (AFCCU) under Supt. Milo Pagtalunan conducted separate operations on Wednesday in Bulacan and Nueva Ecija.
Magalong said that teams implemented the search warrants were issued to check warehouses that are located at RIS Industrial Complex in Barangay Tabe in Guiguinto, Bulacan and at Purok 5, Barangay Calipahan in Talavera town in Nueva Ecija.
Seized during the raid done with the local police and barangay officials in Guinguinto were 313 sacks of granules used for the production of fake seasoning and several boxes.
The CIDG chief said the estimated cost of seized items in Bulacan cost around P5.6 million.
Meanwhile, in Nueva Ecija the CIDG-AFCCU led by Chief Insp. Roger Sebastian along with elements of the Talavera Municipal Police Station seized two units of manufacturing machines, two units of air compressor, sealer, 90 sacks of fake granules, 41 branded laminated sachets, several boxes with names of fake products worth at least P3.5 million.
The CIDG chief said the owners and operators of the searched warehouses were not present during the operation and the seized items were brought to the agency for documentation and inventory be-fore being turned over to the representatives of the authentic brands.
Magalong added that owners and operators of the warehouses will be facing possible charges of vio-lation of section 168 in relation to section 170 of RA 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Phil-ippines.