NBI arrests 6 traders over fake cigarettes

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Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested six people and seized cartons (boxes) of fake Mighty cigarettes in a series of crackdowns over the weekend in Zamboanga City, Cebu and Nueva Ecija.

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NBI-Western Mindanao Regional Office (WEMRO), under Regional Director Manuel Almendras held three stall owners at the Zamboanga Public Market for selling 3,400 fake packs of Mighty Menthol and Full Flavor variants.

Agent Paul Andrew Soriano said traders Abdurahan Bantulan of stall D-79; Nuriyah Julwadi of stall Q-10; and Susan Tan of stall D-01, were arrested based on a complaint filed by Mighty Corp., a Filipino-owned cigarette producer.

Meanwhile, NBI-Central Visayas Regional Office (CEVRO), under Regional Director Justo S. Yap, ordered NBI special investigator Florante Gaoiran to go after two stall owners—Marvin Suico and Juvelyn Fernandez—at Pinamungajan public market in Cebu, for selling five boxes of fake Mighty Full Flavor and Mighty Menthol variants.

Also, NBI-Cabanatuan district office under lawyer Ricardo Diaz with agents Marvin De Jemil and Rolan Fernandez arrested Federico Laranang of Barangay Malinao, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija, for selling 50 reams of fake Mighty Full Flavor soft pack.

The suspects were held for violating Sections 155 (trademark infringement) and 168 (unfair competition) of Republic Act No. 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code.

NBI executive director Virgilio Mendez reminded traders to deal only with authorized company representatives.

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