At least P500 million worth of confiscated fake goods were crushed and shredded at the Recoveries Facilities Unit – Waste Management Facility in Valenzuela City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Manila announced in a statement.

The Customs Bureau explained that destroying the confiscated fake items is part of its commitment to prevent the entry and spread of forged goods in the country.  It added that the destruction of fake contraband is also allowed under Section 1146 of Republic Act No. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), 

Port of Manila District Collector Michael Angelo Vargas and Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Deputy Director General Atty. Teodoro Pascua witnessed the event while BOC Assistant Commissioner Vincent Philip Maronilla participated via Zoom.

Meanwhile, various representatives from brand owners Unilever, Prada and Gucci also watched the destruction of fake goods via Facebook Live of BOC.

The event was made possible through a team up of BOC’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Services (ESS), with the Commissioner’s “visitorial” power as mandated under Section 224 of the CMTA.  RJ Espartinez