THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Region 12 is waiting for the proper turnover and validation of several sacks and boxes of fake cigarettes and tea packs with suspected marijuana seized in a factory in Bacolod City last Friday.
BIR-12 Regional Director Eduardo Pagulayan Jr., in a text message to SunStar Bacolod on Sunday, said they cannot yet determine the amount of the seized items until the inventory is completed.
On August 25, 17 minors from Iligan City were rescued after the police discovered them working in a factory being rented by a certain "Jimmy" at Purok Riverside, Barangay Bata.
The factory manufactures fake cigarettes. An estimated 500 grams of suspected marijuana mixed in tea packs were also found.
It was followed by another operation in Barangay Taculing that led to a confiscation of 48 boxes of cigarette filters.
The rescued minors together with 24 other workers from Iligan were turned over to the City Department of Social Services and Development (not Department of Social Welfare and Development as initially reported).
Senior Inspector Jun Rey Batadlan, head of Police Station 3, said the manufacture of fake products is considered an “economic sabotage.”
Batadlan said filing of charges for the said violation will be determined by the BIR personnel.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on August 28, 2017.
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