MANILA, Philippines – Operatives of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) confiscated several bottles of fake shampoo during a raid at a “factory” near the Payatas dump site in Quezon City on Friday.
"We raided a place in Payatas, marami kaming nakuhang samples which we believe that its fake, meron itong ingredients na supposed to be ginagawang shampoo," said Danilo Mangila, PASG assistant director.
PASG arrested during the raid Analyn Diaz, Jericho Logatcho and Lucrecia Logatcho.
Mangila said the suspects collect used shampoo bottles from the Payatas dumpsite, clean and fill these with fake shampoo.
Each shampoo bottle contains sodium sulfate, iodized salt, starch, water and a sachet of real shampoo for fragrance.
The fake shampoos were sold house-to-house, on the street and even at small sari-sari stores at a cheap promo price.
Mangila said the factory has been operating for the past 6 months, and has the capacity to produce nearly 500 bottles of fake shampoo everyday.
He said some victims complained about the supposed bad effects of
these fake shampoos.
"’Pag dumating dun sa lower portion [ng bottle], medyo nangangati ulo nila, tapos nagkakaroon ng ano sa balat," said the PASG deputy chief.
Among the “brands” being sold by fake shampoo manufacturers are Clear, Sunsilk, Palmolive, Head and Shoulders, Pantene and Rejoice.
The PASG said the suspects are liable for violation of Sec. 168 of R.A. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Rights and Consumer Acts.
Mangila said they are currently coordinating with legitimate shampoo manufacturers to bolster their case against the suspects.