Mayor denies owning fake goods found in family warehouse

Posted at 02/18/14 7:10 PM

Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez paranaque.gov.ph

MANILA -- Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez on Tuesday denied that he owns the fake goods seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) from a warehouse compound owned by his family.

In a statement, Olivarez lauded authorities who conducted the raid, saying that he will never condone or tolerate smuggling by anyone.

"Hindi natin ito kukunsintihin. We will cooperate with the proper authorities to get to the bottom of this case, and we will let the law take its course," Olivarez said.

"I have instructed our police chief, Senior Supt. Ariel Andrade, to conduct a separate inquiry to get to the bottom of this incident and to file charges against anyone found violating the law," he added.

The mayor confirmed that the Olivarez Compound in Barangay San Dionisio where the raid was conducted is owned by his family.

He said, however, that the raided warehouse was leased to a company called ZQL Enterprises owned by a certain Richard Gonzales Cheng.

Around P800 million worth of fake shoes, bags and luggage, and other apparel were seized by the BOC on Tuesday morning.

Around 50 sacks of refined powder were also seized. The undetermined powder will undergo chemical analysis.

BOC Deputy Commissioner Jessie Dellosa said the consignees of the fake goods will face charges for violating the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, and Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM