Case vs. 6 Chinese assigned to Fuentes

THE JUDGE who issued the search warrant against the six Chinese nationals in fake cigarette bust has been assigned to hear the trial.

The multiple charges were forwarded to the sala of Judge Retrina Fuentes of Regional Trial Court Branch 10 after it was picked during the raffling last week.

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

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).

His relatives — Chun Qun, Mei Qun, Jian Qun, Tian Pei, and Lian Zai, all surname Shi — 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.

Based on the records, the respondents were arrested in an operation conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-XI) on July 21. They served the 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.

The CIDG 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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