A partylist congressman lauded Manila Mayor Isko Moreno for acting swiftly against the makers and distributors of a Chinese beauty product that claimed Manila to be a province of China.
Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta partylist Rep. Jericho Nograles noted that the locally-distributed beauty product reflected this mistake in its label.
“The Philippines is now a province of China?” asked Nograles after being shown the label of AS Ashley Shine, a Keratine treatment cream “made in PRC,” referring to the People’s Republic of China.
Nograles said the label reflected the address of the manufacturer as “1st flr. 707 Sto. Cristo St., San Nicolas, Manila Province, P.R.China.”
Nograles immediately called the attention of the public as he chided the product distributors who listed its address as Binondo.
He expressed suspicion that the mislabeling was “deliberate.”
However, he welcomed Moreno’s action, saying that the local chief executive acted swiftly.
“I’m happy that Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has taken this matter very seriously and has acted very swiftly to protect the integrity not only of the City of Manila but the entire sovereign Republic of the Philippines,” said Nograles.
Nograles said the incident calls for swift legislative action that would require Congress to craft a measure that would penalize such acts of mislabeling of consumer products which is actually aimed at insulting Filipinos.
He called on the Department of Trade and Industry and the Food and Drugs Administration to look into the controversy.
“I write with reference to Ashley Shine Keratin Treatment Deep Repair that is distributed in the country by Elegant Fumes Beauty Products Inc. of 707 Sto. Cristo Street, San Nicolas, City of Manila. It has come to our attention that the Chinese manufacturer of this product printed and distributed these products with a reference that Manila is a province of the People’s Republic of China,” Nograles said.
“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 added.
Nograles said based on the information received by his office, the product bearing this information was manufactured in 2018 and is still distributed throughout the country.