AUTHORITIES threatened to press charges against the owner of a commercial property where counterfeit candies and cigarettes were found unless he identifies the owner of the manufacturing facilities set up in his warehouses in Barangay Mohon, Tagoloan town in Misamis Oriental.
National Bureau of Investigation regional director Patricio Bernales Jr. told reporters on Friday that they would include Huang Teng Pee, the owner of warehouses of the Timberwood Development Corp. where the candy- and cigarette-making facility where illegal items were stored among those who would be facing multiple charges of counterfeiting.
“We will start our investigation with Huang. If he doesn’t want to be implicated, he better tell us the names of his tenants,” Bernales said.
He said it appeared that the candy factory ceased operations weeks ahead of the raid by a joint team of local government officials, police, NBI, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue in northern Mindanao on Thursday.
Earlier, the BIR regional office said the group behind the illegal manufacturing would be facing charges for violation of tax code provisions such as unlawful pursuit of business, failure to file excise tax return, unlawful possession of articles subject to excise tax without payment of tax, unlawful possession of spurious or fake internal revenue stamps, and attempt to defeat or evade excise tax. (Jigger J. Jerusalem)