Agents of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service raided a storage facility based on a letter of authority from Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guererro.
The raid was conducted on Jan. 25 with the help of operatives from the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine Coast Guard.
The authorities initially inspected the storage facility which revealed the existence of intellectual property infringing items such as bags bearing the name Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel.
Also found inside the establishment were unregistered face shields, facemasks, fake medicines, and fake soaps.
Among the face masks discovered were those with the brand of AIDELAI which is a prohibited brand as per Food and Drug Administration Advisory No. 2021-0011.
Further investigation and inventory are being conducted for the identification of those responsible as well as the filing of charges for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Intellectual Property Law of the Philippines.
“The Bureau of Customs remains steadfast in preventing the proliferation of counterfeit and unauthorized goods in the country as well as safeguarding public welfare,” said Guerrero.