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BIR-RR16 readies charges vs alleged seller of illicit cigarettes

by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Authorities from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region (RR) 16 are now preparing for the filing of an action against a suspected seller of illicit cigarettes in Naawan, Misamis Oriental.

This stemmed after personnel from the BIR-RR16 were not able to proceed with an enforcement activity in Naawan because the business owner refused to give them entry to the retail store.

“One mission order is directed against a suspected seller of fake cigarettes, or what you call illicit cigarettes. Unfortunately, despite repeated requests to give [us] entrance to the establishment because it’s padlocked, we cannot enter the premises without breaking something, and we feel that there is a legal infirmity in pursuing something that is beyond already what is provided for by law,” said assistant revenue district officer Lawrence Cabeltes.

The retail store in Naawan is one of the six identified establishments covered by the nationwide simultaneous enforcement activity of BIR against illicit cigarette traders, January 25.

BIR-RR16 Chief Legal Officer, Lawyer Johaira Said-Badron, said the mission order of BIR on the conduct of enforcement activity is clothed with authority. As such, they will try other legal remedies to pursue against the suspect violator in Naawan town who padlocked his establishment.

Except for the Naawam case, BIR-RR16 reported successful actual operations in El Salvador City and the towns of Alubijid and Opol in Misamis Oriental. No untoward incident also occurred during the said operations. (APB/PIA-10)

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