20 stall owners to face raps for piracy: police director

More or less 20 stall owners will be subjected for the filing of a case by the Optical Media Board for piracy of DVDs, city police office director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said.

Meanwhile, the scheduled destruction of the confiscated items on Friday was postponed as the police await the directive from the OMB.

Tagum told reporters on Friday afternoon that based on the initial report he received from the Investigation Detection and Management Branch (IDMB), around 20 stall owners are also facing a case for violation of Republic act 9239 (Optical Media Act of 2003) by the OMB.

“Our purpose on why we need to destroy the media devices because we want to dismiss the doubt that maybe it will be recycled considering that from the information on the chairman of the OMB all of this is worth P65 million,” he added.

“So if it will be sold again to Manila, even just one-third of it, is still a big thing,” Tagum said.

He said that DVD rewriters and high-end printers are just being manufactured in the city.

The city police office director said that he was the one who recommended that after the destruction of the DVDs, the resulting waste will be brought to Manila.

The simultaneous raids resulted in the confiscation of 443 sacks of counterfeit/pirated movie/music DVDs and CDs, two TV sets, 119 DVD/CD writers, and two DVD/CD players with an estimated commercial value of P65 million.

Among the areas raided in Poblacion District was Boulevard where pirated DVDs are rampantly sold in several stalls, some were even near Sta. Police Precinct. Also raided were stalls along Duterte Street in the downtown area.

The simultaneous operations started at 2:30 p.m., right after Tagum and OMB chair Anselmo Adriano signed a memorandum of agreement at the DCPO conference room inside Camp Capt. Domingo Leonor along San Pedro Street.

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