P65M-worth of counterfeit products destroyed at Camp Crame

Marje Pelayo   •   April 12, 2019   •   1606

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Various counterfeit products worth P65.44 million were destroyed at Camp Crame on Friday (April 12).

According to Atty. Josephine Santiago, Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO), the items were only a part of the total P23.6 billion confiscated in 2018 by the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR).

The items include counterfeit branded bags, wallet, shoes, watches, and clothes among others.

Santiago said the entry of such fake items is killing the businesses of legitimate brand owners.

The official, thus, calls on the public to refrain from buying imitations because patronizing such fake products has adverse effects on the country’s economy.

“Dalawa po ang kailangang magtulungan dito, ang mga brand owners at ang ating law enforcement agency. Hindi po makakakilos ang law enforcement agency kung walang pahintulot ang brand owners, (The brand owners and our law enforcement agency should work together on this. Our law enforcement agency cannot move without the permission of the brand owners,)” Santiago said.

Meanwhile, IPO Deputy Director Atty. Ted Pascua said aside from the destroyed counterfeit products, they are also monitoring the possible proliferation of fake medicines and cosmetics materials that might pose health risks.

“Any amount on counterfeit pharmaceuticals is alarming kasi you just don’t know one tablet can kill somebody,” Pascua said.

Among the items destroyed were counterfeit Louis Vuitton wallets (P16.1M); Louis Vuitton bags (P15.820M); fake shoes (P10.120M); fake Oppo cellphones (P10M); Louis Vuitton phone cases (P7.280M); Louis Vuitton notepad cases (P2.420M); and fake Rolex watches (P1.8M). – Marje Pelayo (with details from Lea Ylagan)

9 cops probed for Jolo shooting under restrictive custody in Camp Crame

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 8, 2020

Nine policemen tagged in the shooting of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu on June 29 are now under restrictive custody at Camp Crame, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The PNP identified the policemen as Police Senior Master Sergeant Abdelzhimar Padjiri; Police Master Sergeant Hanie Baddiri; Police Staff Sergeant Iskandar  Susulan;  Police Staff Sergeant Ernisar Sappal; Police Corporal Sulki Andaki; Patrolman Moh. Nur  Pasani; Police Staff Sergeant Almudzrin  Hadjaruddin; Patrolman Alkajal  Mandangan and Patrolman Rajiv Putalan.

The policemen were transferred to Camp Crame after the second test result for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) of one of the cops turned out negative. His first COVID-19 rapid test last Friday (July 3) was positive.

According to the PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, the nine non-commissioned police officers will be available for inquiry at Camp Crame while the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) conducts further investigation on the shooting incident.

“Anytime na lumabas ang resulta ng imbestigasyon ng NBI ay kailangan na sumailaim sila sa proseso. So kung ito man ay nangangahulugan ng pagsasampa ng kaso ay nariyan agad sila para sumailalim sa proseso, (Anytime the NBI investigation result is released, they need to undergo the process. So if it means filing of cases, they will be present to go through the process),” he said.

Meanwhile, PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa urges the nine cops to cooperate with the NBI on the investigation.

“We should participate and we should cooperate fully with the NBI kasi kung ang ginawa niyo naman tama then wala kayong worry pero siyempre kapag mali then mananagot talaga kayo, (if you have done the right thing, then there is nothing to worry about but of course, if you are wrong then you will be held accountable),” he said. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP, nagbukas ng sariling COVID-19 testing center

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – May sarili nang novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing facility ang Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ayon kay PNP deputy chief for administration Lieutenant General Camilo Cascolan, sinertipikahan na ng Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) ng Department of Health (DOH) ang kanilang testing center at license to operate na lamang ang hinihintay para ganap itong mabuksan.

Ani Cascolan, ang Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) facility ng PNP ay inaprubahan bilang independent testing center noong Mayo 13.

Nakumpleto rin ng PNP ang requirement na 15 tauhan na mag-ooperate ng RT-PCR facility.

Pansamantala itong ipu-puwesto sa PNP Crime Laboratory sa Camp Crame habang hindi pa tapos ang 84-square meter na pasilidad sa likod ng PNP Health Service.

Ayon sa opisyal, prayoridad sa testing ang pulis na dumu-duty sa checkpoints at nagpapatupad ng seguridad sa Metro Manila.

“Unahin natin mga kapulisan natin lalo na ang mga frontliner. We need to be sure of our PNP first and then it will be continuing,” ani Cascolan.

Bubuksan din naman ang pasilidad sa mga sibilyan kapag natapos nang i-test ang mga tauhan ng PNP.

“Anytime, kung makuha na yung mga kapulisan natin pwede na yung mga sibilyan pumasok syempre,” ani Cascolan.

Bukod sa Camp Crame, plano rin ng pulisya na magbukas ng COVID-19 testing center sa police regional offices sa Davao at Cebu.

“They should coordinate with their local government to help them out to come up with the artificial laboratory like doon sa mga regions nila para maka-cater sa mga pulis,” ani Cascolan.

Sa huling tala ng PNP Health Service, umabot na sa 260 ang bilang ng mga pulis na nag-positibo sa coronavirus disease.

Nasa 788 probable at 574 suspect cases naman ang binabantayan sa ngayon.

Sa nag-positibo sa COVID-19, walumpu’t apat (84) ang gumaling habang apat naman ang nasawi. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP sets up additional decontamination tents at Camp Crame

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2020

A decontamination tent

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has installed additional decontamination tents at Camp Crame.

The PNP has set up walk-through decontamination tents to disinfect individuals entering the headquarters.

PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac said they have placed the decontamination tents at the gates of Camp Crame as well as in front of the National Headquarters.

Banac said people will have to go through these tents while vehicles will have to go through a tire bath.

“Bahagi lamang ito ng bio-safety measures na ipinapatupad ng pamunuan ng PNP (This is just part of the bio-safety measures being implemented by the PNP management),” he said. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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