By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police chief PGeneral Debold Sinas commended police operatives who raided two warehouses storing P30 million worth of fake cigarettes in Orion, Bataan.
“I commend our police units and other pillars of the criminal justice system for their support in the fight against criminality. The successful raid today is just a manifestation of our long-lasting cooperation to better serve and protect the community from all kinds of lawlessness” said Sinas after two (2) rice mills in the place reported to be utilized as warehouses of fake cigarettes were raided by authorities on Saturday.
Citing the report from Police Regional Office 3, Sinas disclosed that joint personnel of Bataan PPO 2nd PMFC and Orion MPS, with members of the Bureau of Customs and member of Japanese Tobacco Inc. raided Crisostomo Rice Mill Warehouse located at Camino Road, Brgy Sto. Domingo, Orion, Bataan on February 26, 2021, at about 3:30 in the afternoon by virtue of Letter of Authority (Power to Inspect and Visit for Violations of Chapter 3 Sec 224 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act) that resulted in the discovery of units of cigarette-making machines and raw materials worth more or less PHP20 million.
“Follow-up operation conducted by the same team at EBG Rice Mill Warehouse located in Barangay Balagtas, Orion, owned by Eric Sioson of Balanga City, Bataan and rented by Tony Vargas y Lim of Malate, Manila, also led to the discovery of an undetermined quantity of imported sacks of rice and master cases of counterfeit different brands of cigarettes such as Winston, Marvels, Shuang XI, Seven Stars, Jackpot, D & B, with an estimated value of PHP10 million”, Sinas added.
Both raids are related to the previous operation of Limay Municipal Police Station wherein bulks of fake cigarettes were intercepted during a checkpoint operation on Wednesday. (AI/MTVN)