BIR destroys P1B illegal cigarettes seized in Cagayan de Oro
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY –– The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) destroyed on Thursday illegal cigarettes worth more than P1 billion, and the machines used to manufacture these, inside a waste management facility in Barangay Bayabas here.
BIR Northern Mindanao director Nuzar Balatero said the items were seized in three raids on May 26, 2018.
The cigarette factories were located at Alwana Business Park in Barangay Cugman and Barangay Poblacion of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
The machines were estimated to cost P120 million.
The cigarettes were shredded while the various cigarette-making equipment were smashed by a heavy-duty jackhammer.
BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa said it was the first time in Mindanao that seized cigarettes and cigarette-making equipment were destroyed.
“We want to send the message that the government is bent on running against these illegal activities of people who are manufacturing cigarettes without paying the excise tax,” Guballa emphasized.
Balatero explained that the destruction of the pieces of machinery is mandated by law to ensure that these could never be used again.
BIR Strike Team chief Remedios Advincula said charges were filed against those involved in the illegal manufacture of the cigarettes, some of whom are foreign nationals./lzb
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