P80-M worth of pirated discs destroyed

ALMOST 6000 sacks of pirated digital video discs (DVDs) and compact discs (CD) worth P80 million were destroyed on Thursday by the personnel of the Optical Media Board (OMB) at the Bacolod People’s House grounds.

OMB agents also destroyed seven television sets, 15 DVD players, two personal computers, and three printers.

The pirated DVDs and CDs were recovered from different business establishments in Negros Occidental between 2012 and 2014.

The destruction of the items was witnessed by Acting Mayor Greg Gasataya, Acting Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and Senior Superintendent Melchor Coronel, director of Bacolod City Police Office.

Gerardo Zaguirre, OMB intelligence Officer III, said they are sustaining their operations against pirated DVDs and CDs in Negros Occidental.

Through their massive operations, Zaguirre said selling of pirated DVDs and CDs in Bacolod City has decreased through the years.

The sale of pirated DVDs and CDs is a violation of Section 19 of Republic Act 9239 or the Optical Media Board Act of 2003. It is punishable with imprisonment of three years to six years.

Zaguirre said the OMB Legal Department has already filed charges against the violators. (MAP)

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