MANILA -- (UPDATED) Authorities caught several buses showing pirated copies of the Star Cinema hit "Hello, Love, Goodbye" and confiscated several USB flash drives during a raid on a transport terminal in southern Metro Manila on Wednesday, the government's anti-film piracy arm said.
Metro Manila Bus Co and Saulog Transit could be charged for violating the Optical Media Act for showing "Hello, Love, Goodbye." SanTrans Corp will face a similar charge after being caught showing a pirated copy of "Avengers: Endgame," the Optical Media Board said.
The OMB said it inspected the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange after receiving a tip that a pirated version of the Kathryn Bernardo-Alden Richards movie was showing there.
If found guilty, those charged could be imprisoned for up to 6 years and fined up to P1.5 million, the OMB said.
Star Cinema executive Mico del Rosario, meanwhile, reminded the public that piracy is a crime, as he shared the OMB statement on social media.
"Hello, Love, Goodbye," the story of 2 Filipinos working in Hong Kong, has grossed P800 million worldwide so far, according to Star Cinema.
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