Arraignment of 6 Chinese postponed in November

THE ARRAIGNMENT of the six Chinese nationals accused to be allegedly involved in the proliferation of fake cigarettes in the city was moved to the morning of Nov. 10.

The Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 Judge Retrina Fuentes rescheduled their arraignment at 8:30 a.m. from the initial schedule of Sept. 15, following the need of the six accused to have a professional language interpreter during hearing.

Yuequn Shi, the owner of a cigarette warehouse in Buhangin district, together with his five other relatives, was arrested in an operation conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) XI last July 21.

Yuequn was charged with 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).

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

The multiple charges against the six respondents was then forwarded to the sala of Judge Fuentes after it was picked during the raffling of their case last August.

It was also Fuentes who issued the search warrant that police used in raiding the warehouses suspected to have stored P18-million worth of counterfeit cigarette products.

Accordingly, the CIDG served 48 search warrants issued by Fuentes on several warehouses in the city, located in San Pedro Village, Buhangin; Rivera Village, Bajada; F. Bangoy Street; 6th Avenue, Agdao; Sta. Ana Avenue, and Agdao.

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