P2-B worth of fake cigarettes seized

SAN SIMON--Operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) from Metro Manila and Pampanga conducted a surprise inspection of warehouses inside the San Simon Industrial Park which resulted in the discovery of suspected fake cigarettes worth some P2-billion. BOC agents swooped down on warehouses at Block 3 Lot 19, Block 9 Lot 6 and Block 8 Lot 15. The four warehouses yielded hundreds of alleged fake cigarette products bearing the name of Mighty Corporation as well as its product, Marvel. The inspection was made possible through the Letter of Authority signed by Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. Customs operatives conducted random sampling of the said products and inspected the packs with a scanner to check the cigarette tax stamps affixed to packs. Customs personal said that scanned items failed to pass the scanning test. Also, similar barcodes in the boxes of all the products also indicated that the products are questionable.