Warehouse of Allegedly Smuggled Face Shields Raided by NBI, Customs
Operatives from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided a warehouse of allegedly smuggled face shields.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the National Bureau of Investigation-National Capital Region (NBI-NCR) joined forces and raided a warehouse in Barangay Don Galo, Paraaque City, where boxes of alleged smuggled face shield were discovered.
According to an ABS-CBN news article, authorities raided the warehouse about 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon after the NBI received a complaint that there were alleged fake and smuggled face shields there. When the operatives arrived, they discovered numerous face shield boxes in the warehouse compound’s back area.
The face shields from China are valued at P70 million, according to BOC Intelligence Officer Alvin Enciso. The items reportedly failed inspection and may not have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to Jimmy De Leon of NBI-NCR, the face shields in the warehouse may be fake and therefore useless. He went on to say that instead of shielding the consumer, it might be much more dangerous.
“It is dangerous to the public na gumamit sila ng fake. In the first place hindi sya dumaan sa proper authorities like the FDA so we cannot assure yung efficacy and security purpose by which na ginagamit talaga ang face shield,” he said.
Since the warehouse contains the complained-about face shields and other items, the operatives cordon and seal the area to prevent it from being confiscated. On Friday, the goods will be inspected by Heng De’s trade mark holder. They will be destroyed after the inspection.
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