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DoJ clears businessman in ruling

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DoJ) recently upheld the Cheaper Medicines Law in dismissing the counterfeiting charges filed against a local drug distributor.

In a six-page resolution, penned by Assistant State Prosecutor Cesar Calubag, the DoJ found insufficient evidence to charge businessman Renante Dumasig of drug counterfeiting. Assistant Chief Prosecutor Pedrito Lances, chairman of the DoJ Task Force on Anti-Intellectual Property Piracy, recommended the approval of the resolution, while Prosecutor General Claro Arellano approved it.

The DoJ panel said that “while the complainants’ evidence tends to prove that the medicines seized from Dumasig on November 18, 2010 were not registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), their conclusion that the items were counterfeit lacks merit.”