P21-M pirated DVDs seized in Zamboanga City

THE Optical Media Board (OMB) backed by Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) policemen have seized millions of pesos worth of pirated digital video discs (DVDs) in simultaneous raids Saturday, November 26, in several business establishments in Zamboanga City.

Lawyer Anselmo Adriano, OMB chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), said the initial estimate worth of pirated DVDs they seized were around P21 million from three establishments alone located along La Purisima and Tomas Claudio Streets.

However, Adriano said the worth could be higher citing they have yet to conduct inventory on the confiscated pirated DVDs coming from other stalls.

The seized pirated DVDs were placed in sacks and taken to the RPSB-9 headquarters for proper inventory.

The government and the movie industry are losing millions of pesos in terms of revenues and income brought about by the proliferation of establishments selling pirated DVDs, according to Adriano.

He said the production of a film or a music album cost millions of pesos while only P5 is the expenses to produce a pirated DVD.

Adriano said the owners of the establishments caught selling pirated DVDs will be dealt with accordingly based on the provisions of the Optical Media Act of 2003. (Sunnex)
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