BIR files criminal complaint vs Calugay

April 29, 2019 at 9:56 am Leave a comment


                 FAKE CIGARETTE FACTORY IN BUGALLON

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

DAGUPAN CITY- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a criminal complaint against Danilo De Quintos Calugay in connection with the discovery of fake cigarette factory at Portic village, Bugallon town in November 2018.

The complaint against Calugay, a brother of Dong Calugay who is running for mayor in Sual town, was filed on April 25 at the main office of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila.

Calugay was slapped with complaints on unlawful pursuit of business, failure to file excise tax returns, unlawful possession or removal of articles subject to excise tax without payment of tax, and unlawful possession of counterfeit internal revenue stamps in violation with Section 236, 255, 263 and 265 (c) of National revenue Code of 1997 as amended.

According to the BIR, Calugay is a businessman who operated businesses last April 29, 2013 under “LUCKY DC BUILDERS AND CONSTRUCTION SUPPLIES”, “LUCKY DC CONVENIENCE STORE” at “LUCKY DC GASOLINE STATION”  with business addresses at Mapolopolo, Basista and Umanday, Bugallon, Pangasinan.

Recall that the BIR and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) received two confidential information on the illegal operation of a cigarette factory at Barangay Portic, Bugallon after raw materials for manufacturing cigarettes were discovered at a warehouse in Malabago, Mangaldan based on a Mission Order (MO) issued by Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa last November 2018.

The BIR Strike Team led by Regional Investigation Division (RID) together with the  National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)  Manila Intellectual Property Rights Division, Barangay Officials  of Portic and representatives from Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) raided the property of Calugay last Novermber 28, 2018.

The Strike Team discovered the operation of a cigarette factory, which was unregistered and unlicensed with local workers and five Chinese nationals.

Confiscated were a manufacturing machine for cigarettes, 495 master cases, seven reams of fake cigarettes and 8,620,000 fake cigarette stamps.

The internal revenue stamps were placed on the packs of cigarettes and were found out to be counterfeit through the Taggant Reader, a mobile device of BIR that detect the authenticity of stamps, which was supported by a certification of APO Production Unit, a government agency that is  in charge of printing internal revenue stamps.

The counterfeit stamps have a total value of P3.4 billion.

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