Two suspects were arrested by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents for supplying fake cigarettes to a sari-sari store in Bocaue, Bulacan.
The suspects, Guillermo B. Ediesca and Jonathan E. Jimenez, were arrested for selling counterfeit Mighty Full Flavor and Menthol 100’s soft pack variants on a complaint filed by Mighty Corp., a Filipino-owned cigarette manufacturer.
The company confirmed some discrepancies on the items, including cigarette quality and the print packaging such as misspelling of the word “Manufactured” to “Manufacture” and the absence of a manufacturing code on the packs.
Retired Judge Oscar P. Barrientos, Mighty Executive Vice President, said the fake cigarettes seized in Bulacan also contained counterfeit BIR tax stamps.
Mighty has launched a relentless campaign against unscrupulous traders faking their brands and using bogus stamps in coordination with the NBI and the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Last April 26, NBI-Bulacan District Office agents led by AIC Arnel Dalumpines conducted a buy-bust operation in a sari-sari store regularly supplied by the suspects in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Ediesca and Jimenez were arrested by NBI agents after receiving marked money for their delivery of eleven rims of fake Mighty cigarettes.
The NBI filed charges against the two for violating Republic Act 8293 or the Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition Law before the Provincial Prosecutors’ Office in Malolos, Bulacan.