ATTY. ALVIN EBREO, Legal Service Director – Bureau of Customs
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) suspended Mighty Corporation’s privilege to import materials and tobacco products.
This came after the BOC issued a preventive suspension order on the customs accreditation of the Mighty Corporation due to violations of the agency’s regulations.
It can be recalled that last month, the BOC seized cigarette products with fake tax stamps at the warehouses of Mighty Corporation in Zamboanga City, General Santos City and San Simon, Pampanga.
“First of all this, is a Senate report. This is an official document from the Senate. Another reason is the issuance of WSD or the warrant of seizure and detention a collector issued in Zamboanga in connection with the seizure of cigarettes, fake or counterfeit tax stamps,” said Atty. Alvin Ebreo, legal service director of BOC.
The Customs also has a document from the fiscal intelligence unit of the Department of Finance which reveals the undervaluation in the importation of cigarette-manufacturing materials of the Mighty Corporation which has reached more than P100 million.
The BOC said there is a need for a thorough investigation to determine the amount in duties and taxes that Mighty Corporation has to pay.
The agency had also issued a preventive suspension order against Mighty Corporation in January 2014 in connection with the Customs bonded warehouse privileges of the said firm.
“This record would show, it would appear na January 2014 na inisyu nila, time pa ni Commissioner Sevilla. From that time on wala silang attempt na any request na motion for reconsideration perhaps to lift the preventive suspension (This record would show it would appear that in January 2014 this was issued. This was during the time of Commissioner Sevilla. From that time on they made no attempt to request a motion for reconsideration perhaps to lift the preventive suspension),” Atty. Ebreo said
The BOC is now waiting for the management of the Mighty Corporation to respond to the allegations.
“We are giving the Mighty Corporation the privilege or the right to have also the legal remedies for the possibility of restoring their accreditation privileges so possible that they might also file for a motion for reconsideration and present evidence,” said the Customs legal service director.
UNTV tried to get the side of the Mighty Corporation however, it refused to comment on the matter. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
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