The Philippines mayor and the counterfeit sneakers

Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City a region of Metro Manila has had to issue a formal warning to her department. It appears that the Quezon City government accidentally ordered 1100 pairs of counterfeit sneakers, for use by local athletes representing Quezon City in various national sports events.

The City's Procurement Department's Bids and Awards Committee has a Technical Working Group which apparently selected the supplier of the sports shoes. They will now need to investigate what happened. Mayor Belmonte ordered the City Legal Office to initiate legal action against anyone who was involved or conspired to commit any offenses. apart from the IP laws, the Consumer Protection Act and the Procurement Act may have been breached. The mayor has ordered the recall and replacement of the counterfeit shoes.