Fake face masks confiscated from stalls in Divisoria

Fake face masks confiscated from stalls in Divisoria

MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has  seized fake face masks being sold in a mall in Divisoria in Manila.

The NBI  Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD) served a search warrant on nine stalls following a complaint by the distributor of a face mask made and imported from South Korea.

“‘Our customer service representative  received several complaints from our distributors that there were   fake Coppermasks being sold in  168 Shopping Mall,” Atty. Jose Mari Cas, Coppermask’s lawyer, said.

The NBI said it conducted a test buy a few weeks ago which confirmed the complaint.

“We conducted a test  buy  two weeks ago. When the complainant confirmed it was  fake,  we applied the search warrant,” John Ignacio of the NBI Intellectual Property Rights Division said.

Meanwhile, the sellers admitted that the face masks they were selling were fake.

“We know it was fake,” Samuel  Calumba said.

The customer service relations of the JC Premier International, the distributor of Coppermask in the country, said the fake masks are thinner and do not contain antimicrobial treatment.

“The original consists of copper so we would know it’s different because of the look. You can see and touch the difference. It’s practically useless (the fake one) so I advised  buyers,  don’t buy fake Coppermasks,” Laarni Nacion said.

Nacion said the original Coppermask is being sold at P380, while the fake ones were being sold for P180.The owner of the stalls will face charges for violation of Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. (AI/MTVN)

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