MANILA – The Philippine government has asked Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to take down an advertisement on its website where fake Philippine cigarette tax stamps are being sold.
“We would like to respectfully request that Alibaba cooperate with the government of the Republic of the Philippines by immediately stopping such advertisement and prohibiting similar advertisements in the future,” Finance Secretary Carlos Domiguez said in a letter to Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma.
“Advertising and selling of fake tax stamps in the open, through your company’s web portal, provides so much room and easy access for individuals and entities to evade excise tax on cigarettes in the Philippines.”
Dominguez’s letter to Alibaba comes in light of government efforts to run after local cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. over its alleged use of fake cigarette tax stamps.
The firm’s alleged use of fake tax stamps has allegedly cost the government about P1 billion in foregone revenues.