Rickets commends Celso for support to anti-piracy drive PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 14:52

Optical Media Board chair Ronald Rickets has highly praised Mayor Celso Lobregat for the all out support to the campaign against pirated DVDs including pornographic materials that resulted to the successful operation conducted by his agents in the city last March 18.

Rickets likewise lauded Councilor Percival Ramos who authored Resolution 70 requesting the OMB to conduct anti-piracy operations in the city which was forwarded by Mayor Lobregat to the board for proper action.

Through Councilor Ramos, Rickets in Manila last Monday presented Mayor Lobregat with a citation formally commending the chief executive for strongly supporting the OMB stressing that Zamboanga City government is one of the few local government units that show firm support and assistance to the OMB in the implementation of Republic Act 9239 otherwise known as the anti-piracy law.
Ramos together with Councilor Rey Candido paid a courtesy visit to Rickets in his OMB office in
Manila early this week to discuss plans for the destruction of the confiscated DVDs and pornographic materials seized by OMB and City Hall authorities in downtown stalls March 18.

Rickets, according to Ramos is set to personally come to Zamboanga sometime next month to join Mayor Lobregat in the public destruction of the seized materials and to spearhead other activities to inform the public about RA 9239.

The March 18 operation, it is recalled yielded over 400,000 pieces of pirated DVDs estimated to cost some P30 million. It was conducted by OMB personnel in cooperation with the local police and personnel from the City Administrator’s Office  in business establishments downtown.
The OMB has declared the Zamboanga haul as the biggest ever in Mindanao.

Mayor Lobregat wrote Rickets on February 8, 2011 transmitting City Council Resolution 70 authored by Councilor Ramos for information and appropriate action. The resolution calls on the OMB, the police and other concerned agencies to operate against pornographic materials blatantly and rampantly displayed in some downtown stalls.

The OMB team headed by agent Joseph Arnaldo arrived in Zamboanga morning of March 18 and paid a courtesy visit on Mayor Lobregat in City Hall to inform about their purpose in coming over and to seek the city’s assistance in the conduct of the anti-piracy operation.  Councilor Ramos was also present during the meeting in City Hall.

Lobregat, meanwhile, has expressed gratitude to the OMB especially the chairman for actively responding to the request.

The OMB, being a special body under the Office of the President is the sole group authorized to operate against pirated DVDs pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 9239. — Sheila Covarrubias