By Rod Gabriel |

Operatives from the Manila Police District’s Intelligence Operation Unit raided two establishments in Manila the other day by virtue of a search warrant obtained by Samsung Philippines. The authorities were able to confiscate more than 10,000 conterfeit Samsung cell phones, tablets and accessories worth millions of pesos.

The search warrants were issued by presiding Judge Ranielda Estacio-Montesa of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46, one of the warrants was for Luiza Hizon Dispo and her Ludiz General Merchandise which had two stalls in the Odeon Terminal Mall at the corner of Rizal Avenue and C.M. Recto Avenue in Sta. Cruz.

The second warrant was for Philip Ong, So Tian Su, Irene Ong, Tiu Sau Ling Chan and Gloria Uy of Sky High Marketing Corp., located on the second, third and fourth floors of the San Diego Building on Carlos Palanca Street in Quiapo.

The raid at Odeon yielded more than 400 fake Samsung gadgets, including S5 and S4 cell phones and Tab 4, Tab 3 and Note 4 tablets. There were also hundreds of fake Samsung accessories such as bluetooth headsets, phone and tablet cases, power banks, memory cards, chargers and battery packs.

The police team confiscated 3,432 Samsung Galaxy 3 tablets with chargers and headphones, 4,178 unlabeled back covers of tablets, 97 Samsung tablets of an unknown model, 123 unbranded tablets, 398 LCD tablets, 387 front covers for tablets, 60 tablet frames, and 60 counterfeit tablet chargers at the San Diego building.

None of the owners mentioned earlier were arrested by the authorities during the raid. However, four Chinese nationals and nine Filipinos who were found during the raid were arrested and detained.