Cigarette company Mighty Corp. has agreed to fund hospital repairs worth P3 billion as compromise for its tax liabilities, a Cabinet official said on Wednesday.
“Noong linggo, binigay ng Mighty Corp. ang kanilang pagsangayon na sila ay magbayad ng P3 billion. Sumang-ayon na po sila sapagkat gusto na rin nilang makapagresume ng kanilang operation,” said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in an interview with reporters.
On Tuesday, the Bureau of Customs suspended Mighty's import accreditation.
However, Aguirre clarified that the company cannot immediately give the money to the government, outright.
“Siguro kung magkakaroon ng filing sa DOJ (Department of Justice) laban sa Mighty Corp. and its officers, doon pwedeng gawin o ipatupad ang kagustuhan ng pangulo,” he said.
Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech that he would “forget” the company’s alleged misdeeds and shield its owner from charges if it will donate money double that of its tax liabilities, pegged at P1.5 billion, for the repair of 3 hospitals in Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, and Tondo.
“Tax cases can be compromised. Pwede i-areglo basta tax liability lang. Iyang mga buwis-buwis na ‘di mo nabayaran, sinadya man o hindi, pwede mo iyan ma-areglo. Sa batas, may areglo, compromise. That's the word in the law. Ngayon, kalimutan ko yan, pero yung inimprenta niya 1.5 billion fake stamps, doblehin niya lang, kalimutan ko na 'yun,” Duterte said.