BUTUAN CITY – Around 235 sacks of pirated digital video discs (DVDs) worth P32.9 million were confiscated by the Optical Media Board (OMB) in Butuan City.
Most of the discs contained porn movies, said the OMB, which raided stalls in Langihan Market Wednesday afternoon together with the Philippine National Police’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and members of the Regional Public Safety Battalion.
The confiscated items will be shipped to Manila as evidence in cases to be filed against the sellers of the DVDs.
Selling of fake DVDs and compact discs (CDs) is a violation of Section 19 of Republic Act 9239 or the Optical Media Board Act of 2003, which is punishable with imprisonment of three to six years.
According to Anselmo Adriano, chairman of the OMB, piracy cheats the media industry of rightful profits, and also steals tax money from the government.
"Iyong buwis na dapat makokolekta ng ating pamahalaan ay hindi nakukuha, dahil nga hindi naman nagbabayad ng buwis ang mga namimiratang ito,"Adriano said.
(The government is not able to collect taxes, as pirates do not pay.)