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P160M fake cigarettes, machines found in Bulacan warehouses

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THE BUREAU of Customs-Enforcement and Security Service (BoC-ESS) found more than P160 million worth of fake cigarettes, cigarette-making machines, and other smuggled goods stored inside two warehouses in Bulacan last June 13. In a statement released on Sunday, BoC said ESS agents inspected the warehouses in Marilao and Sta. Maria with Letters of Authority issued by the Office of the Commissioner. Found inside the Marilao warehouse were 1,339 master cases of fake Mighty, Fortune, Hope, Belmont, Marlboro, Modern, Double Happiness and Camel cigarettes valued at P40.170 million. In Sta. Maria, nine cigarette-making machines and fake cigarette tax stamps worth P120 million were discovered. Other seized items included imported drinking glasses and wall clocks. Warrants of Seizure and Detention will be issued against the items pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 10863, the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, and RA 8293, the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.





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