CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Mighty Corporation, the owner of the alleged P2-billion worth of cigarettes seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and later by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in a raid Wednesday in warehouses at San Simon Industrial Park in San Simon town, has denied that the cigarettes are fake.
In a statement, Mighty Corporation spokesperson Executive Vice President Oscar Barrientos said that the manufacture “is not in the business of producing fake cigarette products.”
“Mighty had reiterated its plea that the Bureau of Customs keep vigilant at its function to avert smuggling and ensure collection of duties and taxes as it does not produce fake products and had done nothing to violate any of its regulations or of the Tariff and Customs Code,” he said.
Barrientos also assailed “the use by other government agencies of Mission Orders of BOC to pursue schemes of its competitors to seize its products using a false pretext that fake cigarettes are stored in its warehouses because of its being in the forefront of effort to alleviate the plight of local tobacco farmers through amendatory legislation.”
He stressed that Mighty Corporation is willing to open all its warehouses to cooperate with the BOC for inspection of suspected fake cigarette products should any be found within its premises, adding its own local brands are well-accepted by its customers. (JTD)