SOME 376 sacks of pirated CDs and DVDs worth some P77 million were seized in a joint operation conducted by the authorities and the agents of the Optical Media Board (OMB), at the Cogon public market in Cagayan de Oro City, Tuesday, October 11.
Forty eight stalls were raided by OMB agents in pursuant to Republic Act 9239 or the OMB law which ensures the promotion and protection of intellectual property rights in the country.
Lawyer Anselmo Adriano, OMB chairman and chief executive officer, warned those who engaged in the proliferation and selling of pirated DVDs saying this will not be the last.
"Patuloy po pakikiusap natin sa ating mga kapatid na napapaloob sa ganitong hanapbuhay na huminto kasi di lang ito minsan nagsagawa na rin tayo ng operasyon noon pa," Adriano said.
Adriano also discouraged the public from patronizing pirated DVDs as this negatively impacts on the movie, music, and software industries.
"Trabaho lang itong aming ipinapatupad. Pakiusap po natin sa ating mga kababayan wag nang tangkilin itong pirated DVDs na pumapatay sa lehitimong industriya ng pelikula, musika at software," Adriano said.
Superintendent Danildo Tumanda, Regional Public Safety Battalion-Northern Mindanao acting battalion commander, said the three hour raid was part of the regular monitoring of the OMB which envisions the country to be free from optical media piracy.
The confiscated items will be shipped to the OMB's central office in Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City where the items will be destroyed.
Tumanda said the OMB also listed the names of the stall owners and said it will be up to the OMB to determine what action to take.
"Ang OMB na ang mag decide sa unsa next action or buhaton sa mga namaligya kay sila man ang lead agency," Tumanda said.
Councilor George Goking, city council committee on trade and commerce chairman, lauded the confiscation of pirated DVDs.
"Charges should be filed. It will be a loss of legitimate taxpayers like the movie industry and our city for non-payment of taxes," Goking said.