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Philippines out of European Union's priority watch list on counterfeiting

Jan 27, 2020 - 12:05 AM

The European Union delists the Philippines, citing 'very few complaints received from stakeholders'

FAKE GOODS. The Bureau of Customs turns over an estimated P58 million worth of fake goods to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines for destruction at Camp Crame on October 18, 2019. Photo from BOC

Customs seizes P1B worth of fake cigarettes in Nueva Ecija

Jan 18, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Authorities arrest 20 Chinese and 100 Filipino workers suspected to be behind the illegal operation

FAKE CIGARETTES. These machines cigarette-making machines were seized during a raid in a warehouse in Nueva Ecija, the Bureau of Customs said on January 18, 2020. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

Recto wants Senate probe on fake medicines

Aug 12, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should 'unmask' which counterfeit pharmaceutical products have entered the Philippine market

FAKE MEDS. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found the highest incidence of falsified medicines in the Philippines among Southeast Asian countries. Image from Shutterstock.

Customs seizes P2-B counterfeit goods in Binondo

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The fake fashion items bore luxury brands such as Armani, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton

FAKE. The Bureau of Customs seizes counterfeit goods inside storage units in Binondo, Manila City. Customs photo

PH has most cases of fake medicines in Southeast Asia – UN report

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Transnational organized crime is on the rise in Southeast Asia and its most dangerous form, fake medicines, appears most rampant in the Philippines

FAKE MEDS. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found the highest incidence of falsified medicines in the Philippines among Southeast Asian countries. Image from Shutterstock.

WHO warns against counterfeit anti-rabies vaccines, serum

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The World Health Organization says investigations and laboratory analyses are ongoing to better assess the products’ risk to public health

RABIES. Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Photo from Shutterstock

Alleged distributor of fake medicines arrested in Manila

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:15 PM

P1.2 million worth of counterfeit medicines are also seized from the suspect, mostly versions of popular over-the-counter drugs

'Ababis' and 'Star Wnrs': Knockoffs thrive in China e-commerce

Nov 11, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Would you go for 'Ababis' over Adidas, 'Star Wnrs' over Star Wars, and 'Caiwen Kani' over Calvin Klein?

This photo illustration taken on November 6, 2018 shows of counterfeit sport shoes in Beijing. - As China held its massive annual "Singles Day" online sales event on November 11, shoppers could still find cheap imitations on Alibaba's Taobao app despite the company's efforts to curb sales of counterfeit goods. (Photo by FRED DUFOUR / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-e-commerce-fraud,FOCUS by Ludovic Ehret

Duterte to PNP: Catch makers, sellers of fake medicines

Mar 28, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Food and Drug Administration lauds Malacañang for cracking down on fake medicines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa following the ceremonial shoot during the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

BSP boosts fight vs fake Philippine peso bills

Aug 06, 2017 - 12:59 AM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says it has arrested at least 4 suspects accused of faking Philippine peso bills in the first semester of 2017

COUNTERFEITING TOOLS. Actual inventory of the seized/confiscated counterfeit 1000- and 500-peso banknotes, printing machine, scanner and printing paraphernalia found inside the house premises of suspects during the anti-counterfeiting operation on March 10, 2017. Photo by BSP.

Beware of fake 3310s in PH, warns Nokia phone maker

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:53 PM

HMD Global issues a statement regarding counterfeit 3310 units circulating in the Philippine market

News Briefs: April 7, 2017

Apr 07, 2017 - 1:02 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday April 7

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down – after 10 years

Dec 06, 2016 - 7:23 AM

Fraudsters posing as consular officers operated a fake American embassy in the Ghanaian capital Accra for about a decade and printed counterfeit visas a US official says

AMERICAN 'EMBASSY' This undated photo provided December 5, 2016 by the US State Department shows a building in Accra, Ghana that operated as a US embassy. US State Department/Handout/AFP

P7.5M worth of fake cigarettes confiscated in Cagayan de Oro

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Bureau of Customs identified the owner of the confiscated materials as a certain Mister Chan a Taiwanese who operates businesses in this city

SMUGGLED. Bureau of Customs operatives shows fake Marlboro cigarettes that they confiscated after raiding two warehouses in Cagayan de Oro City on October 12, 2016. Photo by Bobby lagsa/Rappler

NBI seizes fake skincare products in Divisoria and Parañaque raid

Sep 09, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Roughly P4 million worth of counterfeit skincare products were nabbed in two separate raids conducted by the NBI last August 30

Alibaba's Jack Ma: Fake goods often better than originals

Jun 16, 2016 - 12:00 AM

The problem is that the fake products today they make better quality better price than the real product than the real names says Ma

epa05030433 Executive chairman of Alibaba Group, Jack gestures as he addresses the audience at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Manila, Philippines, 18 November 2015. The APEC is an inter-governmental forum that seeks to promote sustainable growth and economic integration, and to reduce trade barriers across the Asia-Pacific region. EPA/AARON FAVILA/POOL ALTERNATIVE CROP

Value of environmental crime at record-high $258B – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Environmental crime is the world’s 4th largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling counterfeiting and human trafficking

ILLEGAL LOGGING. This picture taken in a forest close to Rantoe Panjang Bidari village, East Aceh on April 21, 2016 shows Indonesian policemen conducting an operation to crack down on illegal logging.  File photo by AFP

Clear, crunchy, and counterfeit: China's fake jellyfish

May 11, 2016 - 6:10 PM

The fakes are made from chemicals and have a high aluminum content

Thai cops seize nearly 1M pairs of fake sunglasses

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Two Chinese nationals are also arrested over the counterfeit sunglasses which include fake Ray Bans and Oakleys

BSP warns public anew against fake PH bills

Dec 25, 2015 - 4:40 PM

BSP says the public should be extra vigilant as counterfeiters have a new modus operandi in faking peso bills

MODUS OPERANDI. Counterfeiters are pasting the extracted, genuine Windowed Security Thread on the counterfeit P500 and P1000 bills, thus the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas warns the public anew to be extra vigilant versus fake bills.

'$5 million' in fake dollar bills seized in Bacolod

Nov 11, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The suspects are caught in an entrapment operation at a mall They are said to be getting their supplies of counterfeit dollars from Dumaguete and San Carlos

Police shut down fake iPhone operation in China

Jul 28, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Chinese police say the iPhones – made from imported mobile mainboards and locally sources fake parts – were sold overseas

Customers buy their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus inside a Apple store in Beijing, China, October 17, 2014. File Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

PH targets P13B counterfeit goods to seize in 2015

Jul 07, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Philippine authorities will try to match 2014’s catch of more than P12B worth of illegal products and continue their information campaign about piracy

FAKE GOODS. The Philippines has seized about P775 million worth of counterfeit goods in the first half of 2015. Photo from Shutterstock / Ian Law

The wRap Indonesia: Feb. 25, 2015

Feb 25, 2015 - 3:35 PM

Indonesia says it’s 90 ready to proceed with executions Jokowi orders distribution of subsidized rice and more

RICE PRICE. The price of some rice variants has risen by about 30% so far this year. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

Seller of fake customs receipts busted

Oct 25, 2014 - 10:21 PM

The Bureau of Customs has also intercepted mailed anti impotency pills

Manila raids yield P500M in counterfeit goods

Oct 04, 2014 - 1:28 PM

Authorities seize assorted counterfeit clothes and apparel smuggled batteries fake perfumes and 1 440 boxes with fake Maggi Sarap seasoning granules

FAKE MAGGI. Photo shows (left) Ben Entico,Special Assistant to the BOC District Collector, Port of Manila and Sr. Supt. Bustamante, Chief of the PNP CIDG Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Unit inspecting sachets of fake “Maggi Sarap.” seasoning granules

Customs busts P556M fake designer bags and apparel

Jul 03, 2014 - 3:41 PM

The Bureau of Customs is alarmed that even Filipino brands are being counterfeited

BOC's haul: P1.6B of counterfeit clothes, footwear, rice

Feb 11, 2014 - 4:54 PM

As a bonus government agents find 1 000 sacks of illegally imported rice stashed between the counterfeit apparel shoes and toiletries

RICE AND FAKE GOODS. Alongside the seizure of P1.6 billion in counterfeit goods, some 2000 sacks of smuggled rice were found during one seizure. AFP FILE PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: The new US $100 banknote

Oct 08, 2013 - 12:19 PM

The United States launches a new 100 bill that comes with a new touch of color and special features to foil counterfeiters

NEW BILL. The new 2009 series $100 bill includes new security features such as a band with moving images, ink that changes color with the angle as well as a new design. Photo by AFP

#PugadBaboy: The China Syndrome

Sep 27, 2013 - 5:00 AM

China: the good and the bad

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Sep 27, 2013 - 5:00 AM

China: the good and the bad

#PugadBaboy: The China Syndrome punchline 3

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Customs seizes P25-M fake, expired medicines

May 22, 2013 - 1:27 PM

The seized illegally imported medicines had brands like Simvastatin Centrum Multivitamins Perigo Ibuprofen and Amoxycillin

Negrenses warned of counterfeit money during polls

Apr 30, 2013 - 3:37 PM

Negros Occidental police now verifying the extent of the distribution of fake P500 bills and other Philippine currency in province

Rappler/Gilbert Bayoran

5 stores charged with trademark infringement

Mar 19, 2013 - 4:32 PM

Irwin Industrial Tool Company sued local hardware stores for allegedly selling fake diamond cutting wheels

Taken from company website.

Looking forward: The fight for Internet freedom

Jan 01, 2013 - 8:13 PM

Learn about the past present and future of Internet freedoms in this look back and look forward at the worldwide web

INTERNET FREEDOM. Take a look at the past, present, and future of Internet freedom.

Most faked brands in PH: Louis Vuitton, Lee, Jansport, medicines

Sep 30, 2012 - 9:52 AM

Louis Vuitton items seized by Philippine authorities accounted for 37 of the total faked goods