CHINESE BUSINESSMAN IN TROUBLE OVER FANCY JEWELRY

STA. CRUZ, MANILA, January 31, 2004 (STAR) By Cecille Suerte Felipe - A Chinese businessman, who supplies fancy jewelry in Divisoria and Quiapo, got himself in trouble when patrolling policemen spotted boxes of gold inside his vehicle in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

The trader, identified as Shao Sai Hua, 25, alias John Chua, of El Ca’o st., Binondo, Manila, was found in possession of some P100,000 worth of fancy jewelry, including earrings, necklaces, rings, pendants and bracelets.

Shao and the 11 boxes of fancy jewelry were taken to the Western Police District-General Assignment Section (WPD-GAS) by Superitendent Dario Roxas and Inspector Cesar Teneros for further investigation at around 9:35 p.m.

However, WPD-GAS head Chief Inspector Arturo Paglinawan said Shao could not be held for long in the absence of formal complaint against him.

We don’t have proof that the pieces of evidence were smuggled or stolen. Without a complainant then we have no case against him, Paglinawan pointed out.

If Shao fails to present proof of purchase or documents on how he got hold of the items, Paglinawan said the items would be impounded at the headquarters, or if smuggled, will be turned over to the Bureau of Customs.

Shao, however, was forced to stay inside Paglinawan’s office for more than a hour to avoid reporters waiting for him outside the GAS office.

Paglinawan asked PO2 Alberto Saygo to release Shao, who was instructed to return and present proof of purchase or ownership of the jewelry.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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