6 Chinese in fake cigarettes charged

MULTIPLE charges have been filed in court against the six Chinese nationals who were arrested for allegedly distributing counterfeit cigarettes in the city.

 The Office of the City Prosecution has found probable cause to indict the respondents who were allegedly caught in possessing of P18 million-worth counterfeit cigarettes.

 Yuequn Shi, said to be the owner of the raided company, is charged for five counts of trademark infringement, five counts of unfair competition and five counts of false designation of origin, false description or representation, for the different Philip Morris brands in violation of Republic Act 8293 (Intellectual Property Code).

 Chun Qun Shi, Mei Qun Shi, Tian Pei Shi, Lian Zai Shi, and Jian Qun Shi are indicted for six counts of trademark infringement, six counts of unfair competition and six counts of false designation of origin and false description or representation

 Respondents were arrested after the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-XI) served 48 search warrants issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Retrina Fuentes on several warehouses in San Pedro Village, Buhangin; Rivera Village, Bajada; F. Bangoy Street; 6th Avenue, Agdao; Sta. Ana Avenue, and Agdao on July 21.

The CIDG-XI launched the operation after they received complaint from the Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. Inc. (PMFTC) on the proliferation of counterfeit cigarettes in the local market.

The operation led to the confiscation of some 800 boxes of counterfeit cigarette products worth P18 million.

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