OVER P800-million worth of contrabands were seized on Tuesday by operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) from two warehouses inside a compound owned by the family of Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
Seized from the warehouse located in Barangay San Dionisio, Parañaque City were assorted fake Havianas flip-flops, and Converse and Skechers rubber shoes.
Agents of BOC-Intelligence Group (IG) also found inside the warehouse 50 sacks of refined, sand-like powder that will be subjected to chemical analysis and verification.
Olivarez lauded authorities who conducted a raid in a family-owned warehouse compound in the city where suspected smuggled goods were found.
The mayor likewise said that he will never condone or tolerate smuggling by anyone.
“We will cooperate with the proper authorities to get to the bottom of this case, and we will let the law take its course,” he said.
However, he said the raided warehouse in the compound was being leased to a company called ZQL Enterprises owned by a certain Richard Gonzales Cheng.
He categorically denied that his family owned the suspected contraband seized during the operations.
“I have instructed our police chief, Senior Supt. Ariel Andrade, to conduct a separate inquiry to get to the bottom of this incident and to file charges against anyone found violating the law,” the mayor added.
The warehouses were inspected by virtue of a Letter of Authority last February 10, 2014 after a three-week surveillance of the operations of the warehouses.
The case is still subject for further investigation and possible filing of criminal charges.
The consignees and owners of the fake products face charges of violating Republic Act (RA) 8293, or the Intellectual Property (IP) Code of the Philippines, as well as the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO