Pangasinan trader faces P3.4-billion tax evasion case, criminal raps

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 25 2019 05:57 PM

MANILA – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed tax evasion and other criminal complaints against a Pangasinan-based businessman who allegedly manufactured fake cigarettes, operated without a license and failed to pay P3.4 billion in supposed tax deficiencies.

Danilo Calugay, who runs a hardware shop, a convenience store and a gasoline station in different parts of Pangasinan, is accused of operating an illegal cigarette factory and a raw materials warehouse in Bugallon and Mangaldan towns in the province.

A team of BIR and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) personnel raided the factory and warehouse in November last year. They found that the factory was not registered and had no license to manufacture cigarettes.

They also recovered several cigarette-making and packing machines, 495 master cases, 7 reams of fake cigarettes and fake cigarette stamps. 

The internal revenue stamps placed on the seized cigarette packs were also determined to be spurious.

According to the BIR, Calugay evaded filing excise tax returns and paying excise taxes amounting to P3.4 billion.