AUTHORITIES made rounds on several establishments in Davao City on Friday to sniff out smuggled goods.

Elements of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG), headed by then police regional director Eduardo Matillano, went to Felcris stores and other business establishments in the city's Chinatown district, spreading rumors of a raid.

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But a PASG official denied the raid, saying they were just "monitoring" reports of alleged smuggling activities by these establishments.

Sun.Star Davao tried getting Matillano's side on the issue but he did not reply to text inquiries.

"This is just a normal monitoring and conduct of regular inspection," PASG city director Colonel Dodong Obsiama told reporters after their visit at Felcris-Sales. "We do this to monitor, and nothing irregular has been found with the supermarket."

Due to the large coverage of the retail business establishments in the city, Obsiama said monitoring is being done at random.

As of this posting Friday, PASG personnel are still making their rounds on other business establishments in the city.

Felcris Supermarket is part of the Felcris Group owned by the Yap family. Other businesses under the group include the posh Chimes Specialty Store, the Central Warehouse Club, and Central Convenience Outlets. (CPM/BOT)