Online seller depot in Manila found shipping stones instead of mobile phones

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A depot of an online seller in Manila supposedly using the services of Lazada was found to have parcels ready for shipping that contained rocks instead of mobile phones.

During the joint inspection at a warehouse in Paco, the Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT) led by Col. Rosalino Ibay Jr. and Manila Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) Director Levi Facundo found that the bulk of Lazada parcels actually contain rocks.

The business establishment, identified as Apollo Electronic Accessories, is advertised as an online seller of mobile phones.

“It was discovered that they put rocks inside the packaging instead of phones. They get the actual weight and put black plastic cornered pieces to form a triangular shape like a box of a cell phone. Usually on a bulk order like six in a pack and the weight would be similar to the weight of the six combined phones,” Facundo said.

“Discovered inside are rocks and a hammer. The hammer is being used to cut the rocks depending on the weight needed to complete a package,” Facundo added.

Facundo said they also discovered that the company has no business permit, occupational permit, and barangay clearance.

He said the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration certificate showed that its primary business is furniture and fixtures, with electronics as secondary.

“Meaning, they cannot operate without the primary business. What was discovered inside were boxes of generic android cellphones from China,” Facundo said.

Several cellphones, apparently returned by displeased customers, were also found inside the warehouse, but the MPD Smart noticed that the gadgets have no approved stickers of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC).

Ibay said the phones found inside the warehouse are substandard.

“It looks like there is also false advertising here since the online ad shows original photos of Oppo, Samsung phones and the ones being delivered have the same looks without the brand,” Facundo said.

A certain Ken Ang was subject of the operation but the lease contract from the administrative office is named after a different person, Facundo said.

He said both the subject and the person written in the lease contract were present at the time of the inspection.

The Manila Bureau of Permits (BOP) is set to file cases against the subjects.

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