Stores selling products labeling Manila as province of China shut

Manila Mayor Isko shut down Thursday the establishments selling Chinese beauty products that labeled Manila as a province of China.

The Mayor immediately took action on information first revealed by PBA Party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles and closed down two establishments in Binondo and another at a Divisoria Mall.

Authorities found the two stores in Binondo were already closed, so they just posted notices on its roll-up steel doors.

Nograles sent a letter of complaint to the Department of Trade and Industry and the Food and Drug Administration about the Chinese hair care product Ashley Shine Keratin Treatment Deep Repair. At the back of the product is its address, “1st Flr. 707 Ito Cristo St., San Nicolas, Manila Province, P.R. China.”

The lawmaker said a company in Binondo owned by a Chinese national imported and distributed the beauty product.

“Any act to undermine our sovereignty must be taken seriously. It is in this light that we respectfully ask your Office to immediately investigate this detestable and repulsive offense against our nation, and, if legally justified, prohibit the continued distribution of these products in our country,” he said in his letters.

According to the information he gathered, Nograles said the product was manufactured in 2018 and is still being distributed across the country.

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“Succeeding batches of this product already omitted the declaration, but the offense remains the same,” he said.

Nograles believes that labeling Manila as province of China could have been intentional as it was “hard to dismiss this insult as a simple error.”

“The label clearly shows Manila, as a province of China. This incident must be investigated at the very least, and the manufacturer and importer should be blacklisted as soon as legally permitted,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malacañang said the label in a Chinese hair product saying  is a  should be ignored.

“Kalokohan lang po ‘yan. Hindi dapat pinapansin ‘yan dahil wala namang naniniwala na tayo’y probinsya ng Tsina,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised briefing.

(That’s just foolishness. That should be ignored because no one believes that we are a province of China.)

“We are proud to be Filipinos, and we will never allow [ourselves] to be subjugated by any foreign power,” Roque said.