MANILA - Some 100 pairs of fake Philippine National Police (PNP) rubber shoes were seized from three delivery boys in an entrapment operation in Quezon City Tuesday morning.
The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said they set the operation when they received information that an online store sold counterfeit police rubber shoes.
Especially designed rubber shoes made by an authorized manufacturer are part of the uniform prescribed by the PNP and the National Police Commission for officers.
At first glance, the knock-offs looked much like the original. But upon closer scrutiny, the label was just glued to the tongue of the shoes, while the original had the label stitched.
The rubber soles on the counterfeit were slippery and the holes for air circulation were smaller compared to the original.
Supt. Raymund Liguden, chief of the CIDG Anti Fraud and Commercial Crimes Unit, said the original shoes were designed specifically for the health and safety of police officers.
The fake rubber shoes were sold for slightly less at P1,700 compared to P2,000 for the original.
Teddy Segismar, factory manager of JP Group of Companies Inc, the official shoemaker of the PNP, said they believe the fake goods came from China.
“We believe na galing ito ng China, but the supplier ay galing ng Marikina,” he said.
(We believe these are from China, but the supplier is from Marikina.)
The three suspects said they only delivered the rubber shoes and were not the ones who made the fake merchandise.
The PNP-CIDG is conducting a followup operation to determine the mastermind behind the production of counterfeit police rubber shoes.