By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Unregistered beauty products worth more than P13 million were seized during separate operations of the Quezon City Police and Food and Drug Administration Tuesday morning.
Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar, Quezon City Police District director, said that boxes of beauty products, such as whitening products, cosmetics, and other health supplements were found during their implementation of search warrants at two separate houses in Quezon City.
The warrants applied for by Senior Inspector Paterno Domondon of the QCPD Special Operatives Unit, said that “there is a probable cause to believe that there is a violation of the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009 (that) has been committed or is about to be committed by respondents Lilian Marte, owner of Manila Beauty Supplier, and Michelle Cablayan, owner of Mikhaela’s Beauty Essentials, of Barangays Paltok and Bahay Toro, respectively.”
According to Domondon, they received a report of the rampant online selling of beauty products by the two women, which both turned out to be operating illegally when verified with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Upon implementation of the warrants from the Regional Trial Court Branch 82, operatives were able to confiscate boxes of Glutathione pills and injectibles, and other beauty products which Eleazar said were worth million of pesos.
Police sources said that these products had no certificate of product registration from FDA and were illegally sold and distributed by the respondents to individual customers and various clinics in Metro Manila.
Arrested during the operation in Barangay Paltok were Marte, and her two delivery personnel identified as Daniel Castillo and Viel Somidos. While nabbed in Barangay Bahay Toro were Mylene De Vera, secretary of Cablayan, Rommel De Vera, the warehouse keeper, and deliverymen Mark Roces, and Jeffrey Oserio.
Police are now locating Cablayan.
Apprehended persons will be charged for violations of Sections 11 (a), (j), and (k) of Republic Act 9711, known as the Food and Drug administration Act of 2009.