Trader selling fake cigarettes falls

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Another fake cigarette dealer was arrested in Barangay Barucboc in Quezon, Isabela while trying to sell reams of counterfeit Mighty and Marvels cigarettes to a sari-sari store owner on Tuesday. The suspect was identified as Arnel Contado Altavano of Barangay Manano, Mallig, Isabela who was offering fake Mighty and Marvels menthol and full flavor variants to Annabele De Lara Store. Barangay tanod (watchmen) Lorenzo Mercado and Roberto Savillano said a relative of the storeowner who sought their help. Altavano was charged for violation of Section 155, in relation to section 170, of Republic Act 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code. He was released from police custody after posting a P10,000 bail bond. Authorities have repeatedly warned counterfeiters, individuals and business establishments against the sale and distribution of fake cigarettes. Earlier developments have seen customs, tax, NBI, PNP and Mighty Corp. representatives arresting unscrupulous individuals and businesses for selling counterfeit cigarettes in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cabanatuan and various parts of Visayas and Mindanao, among others.

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