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Patok sa Shopee, Lazada! Isko Moreno shuts down 2 Binondo warehouses for selling fake toiletries

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Mayor Isko Moreno ordered on Wednesday, November 18, the closure of two warehouses in Binondo for selling fake toiletries and cosmetic products online.

Moreno personally served the immediate closure orders together with Bureau of Permits director Levi Facundo, and Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT) chief Police Major Rosalino Ibay.

“Dito sa Manila, pwede kayo business, pero kailangan permit. Hindi pwede business walang permit. Walang masamang magnegosyo sa Maynila pero kung walang permit, huwag,” he said.

Upon investigation, the Bureau of Permits said products at the warehouse were being sold through online shops like Shopee and Lazada. The warehouse’s lessors, identified as Jerry Ong and Johnson Sy, were found to have no business permit for wholesaler and occupational permits for service personnel.

Aside from operating without business permits, the two lessors also failed to submit a license to operate issued by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

Among the products found inside the first warehouse were counterfeit products such as shampoos, lotion, body wash, bath bombs, and other high-end products bearing the brands of Unilever, Procter and Gamble, Victoria’s Secret, Calvin Klein, and Bvlgari.

Boxes of Johnson and Johnson’s baby lotion, Cetaphil, bath soaps, and other medicine cosmetic products, among others, were found in the second warehouse.

Ong and Sy may be fined not less than P1,000 nor more than P5,000 or imprisonment of not less than one month nor more than six months, or both, pursuant to Section 199 of City Ordinance No. 8331.

Under Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code, a penalty of one month and one day to six months of imprisonment, and a fine of not exceeding P500 shall be imposed against the two lessors.