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Cops told to crack down on fake anti-COVID items



National Police chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos directed all units to intensify monitoring and intelligence gathering against fake anti COVID-19 paraphernalia following the seizure of a large quantity of these in Manila.

Police units across the country should monitor their areas for the presence of stores and warehouses that are selling and stockpiling such products, Carlos said.

“We want to know the extent of their operation given the large number of confiscated items. The PNP will wage a crackdown to curb the proliferation of these,” he said.

Carlos made the remarks after thousands of COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits, medicines, and face masks were found among P150 million worth of imported counterfeit goods at a warehouse owned by a Chinese national in Quiapo district.

Operatives of the Bureau of Customs arrested the Chinese national who, it said, would be charged with illegal importation and violation of Food and Drug Administration regulations.

“If those products did not undergo government agencies’ regulations, then we aren’t sure if they are safe for use,” Carlos said.

He advised the public to only buy medical items from pharmacies and outlets accredited by the government. (John Roson)a