Just a few minutes ago, I witnessed what seemed to be a raid on the 5th Ave Electronics computer store in SM City North EDSA Cyberzone. The store’s sliding metal door was half-closed and people with PNP-CIDG and “Anti-Piracy Team” vests and IDs were walking about, inspecting the shop and presumably confiscating some items for evidence.
I’m not really aware whether 5th Ave sells pirated wares, like some other computer stores in Cyberzone, but I suppose this is the reason for the closure. Nobody onsite would answer my queries, though (perhaps we Pinoy.tech.bloggers should have press cards). A quick call to BSA rendered me still empty-handed, as they don’t have direct information on raiding activities by the local authorities; their reports are coursed through their main office in Singapore.
At any rate, this may serve as yet another warning to entities operating businesses with non-licensed or inappropriately-licensed software, or selling bootlegged wares.
Update: Raid was confirmed, as per INQ7.net article, here.