Cigarette smuggling, tuloy-tuloy sa pandemya

Cigarette smuggling, tuloy-tuloy sa pandemya

NANAWAGAN ang local unit ng international cigarette giant na Japan Tobacco International (JTI) sa pamahalaan na aksyunan ang lumalagong smuggling ng sigarilyo sa kasagsagan ng COVID 19 pandemic.
Ayon kay John Freda, JTI Philippines general manager, nagpapatuloy ang pagsasamantala ng mga tiwaling cigarette traders sa gitna ng krisis.
“I believe the problem of illegal trade in tobacco is a growing one and requires more attention.” saad ni Freda
“While the government is striving hard to stamp out the illicit tobacco trade, the current situation still requires absolute vigilance,” dagdag pa nito.
Nagbabala naman si Freda na dahil sa cigarette smuggling, posibleng makaapekto nang husto sa ekonomiya.
“The illegal tobacco trade is a feast for criminals who make huge profits often with very low risk of being caught and insignificant penalties,” diin ni Freda.
He noted that the government needs stronger deterrents as the Philippines’ archipelagic nature presents “a huge challenge” for law enforcement.
Binigyang-diin ni Freda na bilang legitimate business, tuloy tuloy ang kanilang pagbabayad ng buwis sa gobyerno habang ang mga smuggler ay malayang nakakapagnegosyo.
“Aside from the lost tax revenue, counterfeit and contraband cigarettes are not subject to any quality controls,” diin nito.
Batay sa World Bank, global trade sa illegal tobacco ay tinatayang nasa $40 billion hanggang $50 billion kada taon.

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