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Blogger captures police raid on computer shops –

Posted by Editor on March 18th, 2006

Blogger captures police raid on computer shops –
Blogger captures police raid on computer shops

First posted 11:24pm (Mla time) Mar 17, 2006
By Erwin Lemuel Oliva

Editor’s note: Re-posts to correct name of blogger.

FILIPINO blogger Joseph Angelo Racoma stumbled upon an ongoing police raid on computer shops allegedly selling pirated software late Friday, a recent post at indicated.

Police Senior Superintendent Noel De Los Reyes of the PNP-CIDG Anti Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division confirmed the raid of the Silvergate Computer Shop and 5th Avenue Telecom, both located in SM City North EDSA Cyberzone late Friday.

He told that the raid led to the confiscation of a little over half a million pesos worth of software and hardware.

The seized software included those distributed through CDs or were pre-installed on desktop computers, De Los Reyes added.

The police found illegal software from Microsoft, Autocad, Autodesk, Adobe Macromedia, as well as Playstation and Xbox gaming software, he added.

He said that a team from the Optical Media Board has also joined them in the raid.

“We are now asking the mall owners to police their ranks, or else we come in,” the police official added, noting that the raiding team had cooperation from the SM North EDSA management prior to the raid.

Posting an entry titled, “Raid on 5th Ave?” Racoma said that the 5th Ave. Electronics computer store in SM City North EDSA Cyberzone had its sliding metal door half-closed.

Representatives from the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) with “Anti-Piracy Team” vests were also seen on the premises, walking about, inspecting the shop for evidence, Racoma wrote in Pinoytechblog.

Racoma also took a photo of the raid using his phone camera.

“I’m not really aware whether 5th Ave sells pirated wares (like some other computer stores in Cyberzone), but I suppose this is the reason for the closure. Nobody onsite would answer my queries, though (I suppose we should have press cards). A quick call to BSA rendered me still empty-handed, as they don’t have direct information on raiding activities by the local authorities (their reports are coursed through their main office in Singapore),” he added.

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