MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC), in coordination with other government agencies, recently confiscated counterfeit and unregistered health products from China worth 31.5 million pesos during a separate operations in Manila.
The BOC said personnel from the Intellectual Property Rights Division of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service raided two warehouses along Ongpin and Fernandez Streets, both in Sta. Cruz, Manila.
The BOC said the raids were carried out to stop the proliferation of dangerous drugs during the pandemic.
The raids were carried out by the BOC in conjunction with the National Bureau of Investigation and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
An inventory showed that the medical products came mainly from China and were not registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
During the operations, medical and cosmetic products bearing the brands Lianhua Lung Cleansing Tea, Healthy Brain Pills, Gluta Lipo, Lidan tablets, Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa and Vita herbs were seized.
Warehouse officials were ordered to present import documents and other relevant permits of the confiscated items.
The authorities padlocked the warehouses.
The owners of the warehouses will face criminal charges for storing contraband goods, the BOC said.
Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said an investigation is underway for possible violations of Republic Act 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariffs Act, the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and FDA law.
Guerrero said the agency will continue its border security enforcement efforts to ensure Filipino consumers purchase products that comply with the country’s health registration laws.