Wong Chu King Foundation’s vision of Llife

True to their vision of life and hope, the Wong Chu King Foundation (WCKF) and the Xavier 74 foundation have jointly donated goods and bottled water to the heart of Mary Villa in Katipunan, Quezon City, an institution providing services for healing and growth to women whose pregnancy out of wedlock posed problem for  them while protecting lives of surrendered or abandoned infants and children who are also in need for permanent home. 

Mighty bags Outstanding Corporation Of the Year Award

MIGHTY Corporation was chosen as this year’s outstanding corporation by the Philippine Council of Management Research Institute(PCMRI).

The Filipino-owned company will be receiving the coveted award on Dec. 10,2015 on the occasion of the PCMRI’s 40th National Management Congress to be held in Makati City.

MIGHTY Corporation was chosen as this year’s outstanding corporation by the Philippine Council of Management Research Institute(PCMRI).

The Filipino-owned company will be receiving the coveted award on Dec. 10,2015 on the occasion of the PCMRI’s 40th National Management Congress to be held in Makati City.

The PMCRI is a federation of professional and technological societies, management developments, institution, academe, business enterprises and professional managers.

A letter sent by the PCMRI through Dr. Pedrito Salvador, the chairman of the five Board of judges, to Mighty president retired Lt. Gen. Edilberto Adan said Mighty was chosen from eight other nominees because of its outstanding achievements in the fields of economics, finance, agriculture, business and industry; E-commerce and IT; strategic management and economy of scales; leadership and governance; adherence to nationalism and anti-monopolism; and social, cultural and religious activities that impacted on the country and society.

The company was awarded for continuously inspiring about 293,000 families and employee, business and trade partners by adhering to its mission, vision and core values.

In 1945, Wong Chu King and his partners Ong Lowa, Baa Dy, and Ong Pay set up La Campana Fabrica de Tabacos Inc., which had it first factory in Tayabas St., Manila. The second factory was built in 1948 in Pasong Tamo, Makati, and in 1951, it acquired the present site of its head office.

In 1963, Wong Chu King founded the tobacco industries of the Philippine (TIP) in a nine hectare property in Barrio Tikay, Malolos, Bulacan which became the site of their manufacturing operation.

The succeeding years became difficult for the company but Wong Chu King, with the help of his family and employees, reestablished the company in 1985 to become what it is today. Mighty Corp. is one of the country’s largest taxpayers and known for its strong sense of ethics.

Mighty Corp Supports the Recent Implementation of New Tax System

Despite the recent filings of cases them by the BIR, renowned local cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. shows their full support for the actions the Duterte Administration is taking towards the implementation of a new tax system.

According to Mighty Corp. President, Edilberto P. Adan, Mighty has always been supportive of the government’s efforts to promote public health and raise revenues for their programs.

“Mighty Corp. has always been fully supportive of the government’s efforts to raise revenues from tobacco products, promote health, and support local farmers,” said Adan.

“We only wish to point out that House Bill 4144 is the most advantageous measure for the government because it is expected to optimize revenue generation, address the concerns of health advocates, and provide local tobacco farmers with a steady stream of livelihood opportunities,” Adan said.

HB 4144 promotes a two-tier system in place of a unitary tax rate. This helps local brand spread their reach towards the masses as they will have a significantly lower cost than premium brands.

Moreover, higher tax rates from premium brands will help the government collect more revenues to fund their projects.

“The two-tier tax system will benefit the government in terms of revenues. Not only will it benefit local farmers, it will also continue to help the economy,” Adan said.

The implementation of this new tax system will help decrease the overall use of tobacco, therefore improving the overall health of the country, while also promoting local brands.

Also, it spells great success for the Duterte administration as they will have more funds to fund their projects and programs.

“We believe that HB 4144 will be a boost to the Duterte administation’s tax reform program,” said Adan.

Mighty Corp.’s tax evasion cases could be due to business rivalry – Lawyer

MANILA — Mighty Corporation owner Alexander Wongchuking submitted Thursday his counter affidavit to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

This was a response to the second tax evasion complaint against his company in relation to the alleged tax liabilities amounting to almost P27-billion.

The complaint was filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) after the discovery of fake tax stamps on Mighty Cigarettes inside the company’s warehouse in San Ildefonso, Bulacan last March.

But a lawyer for the company says, the search was illegal.

“There was no legal justification for it. The evidence that was obtained was questionable,” Mighty Corporation lawyer Atty. Abraham Espejo said.

He added that they are ready to face the complaints and prove they are innocent of the charges.

They also doubt the motive behind the filing of the cases.

“It’s hard to speak but this could be due to business rivalry,” Espejo said.

The BIR refused to say anything about the matter.

Mighty Corporation is facing three tax complaints arising from separate raids of its warehouses in San Simon, Pampanga, San Ildefonso, Bulacan and General Santos City. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News and Rescue

 
Source: https://www.untvweb.com/news/mighty-corp-s-tax-evasion-cases-due-business-rivalry-lawyer/

Mighty Corporation pleads innocence before Doj on tax evasion case

A LAWYER of embattled local cigarette firm Mighty Corp. maintained his clients’ innocence in the P26.93-billion tax-evasion complaint before state prosecutors on Thursday.

 
The Department of Justice (DoJ) yesterday held its first preliminary investigation on the second of three tax evasion raps filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against Mighty Corp.

Members of the media were barred from covering the hearing, but Abraham Espejo, representing Mighty Corp., told reporters outside the hearing: “They have not committed any crime that they are being pilloried. Give us a chance to be heard. That’s my request.”

“I assure you that my clients will be able to prove that all of these accusations are not true,” Mr. Espejo added.

Mr. Espejo represents the four respondents in the case, namely: Mighty Corp. President Edilberto P. Adan, Executive Vice-President Oscar P. Barrientos, Vice-President for External Affairs and Assistant Corporate Secretary Alexander D. Wongchuking, and Treasurer Ernesto A. Victa.

The lawyer said that their camp filed a counter-affidavit with annexes reaching to “thousand” of pages. “Kaya kami nagfa-file ng (That is why we are filing the) counter-affidavit, we want due process. We do not want kangaroo-style proceedings here. I reiterate, we will fight,” Mr. Espejo also said.

Asked how he thinks the case is proceeding, he replied that the case is “doubtful, questionable, as a student of constitutional law, you will know the effect if evidence is obtained illegally, it’s inadmissible. Not only is the evidence inadmissible, it’s also questionable.”

He added that the case “could be due to business rivalry,” but did not elaborate.

The BIR first filed the tax evasion case worth P9.56 billion against Mighty Corp. on March 22. The BIR, in a statement released upon filing, said: “[t]he respondent corporation was the subject of an on-the-spot surveillance operation of untaxed cigarette products conducted [last March 1]… in San Simon Industrial Park (SSIP), San Isidro, Pampanga” and that random checks on 10 master cases of cigarettes in four warehouses in the economic zone leased by Mighty showed that internal revenue stamps affixed on the cigarette packs “were fake.”

Subsequent inventory of all cigarette packs in the warehouses concerned showed that Mighty stored there 66,281 master cases with 33,140,500 cigarette packs.

“The investigation further showed that 87.5% of the said packs bore fake internal revenue stamps,” the BIR said.

“The stamps are fake since they did not contain one of the multi-layered security features of a valid internal revenue stamp,” the BIR added.

The said case was deemed submitted for resolution last May 30.

Mighty Corp. is also facing a third complaint from the BIR, worth P1.39 billion. The three complaints bring the total alleged tax liabilities of Mighty Corp. to P37.88 billion — the largest tax evasion case so far under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

The case is handled by a three-man panel of state prosecutors led by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Sebastian Caponong, Jr. The other members are Assistant State Prosecutors Ma. Lourdes Uy and Mary Ann Parong. — Kristine Joy V. Patag

 
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Mighty Corp execs seek junking of tax evasion case

Officials of Mighty Corp. facing P9.56-billion tax evasion charges have sought the dismissal of the case filed against them by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) at the Department of Justice (DoJ).

Their plea is contained in a 106-page counter-affidavit submitted before the DoJ.

 

Mighty’s executive vice president, retired judge Oscar Barrientos, vice president for external affairs and assistant corporate secretary, Alexander Wongchuking, and treasurer, Ernesto Victa, said there is no probable cause for charges of tax evasion to be filed against them.

“No probable cause exists to indict us for violations of NIRC (National Internal Revenue Code). Assuming there is probable cause for our indictment (which is denied), no grounds exist or allegations made to hold us criminally liable as corporate officers under Section 253 of the NIRC for acts which are yet to be verified and confirmed after appropriate inspection has been completed,” they maintained.

The case stemmed from the alleged failure of Mighty Corp. to pay excise taxes as supposedly discovered by the BIR and Bureau of Customs (BoC) in raids conducted on Mighty’s four warehouses in Pampanga in March.

In its complaint, the BIR accused Mighty of using fake tax stamps in its cigarette packs.

The respondents also asserted that there is no basis for the allegations of the BIR that 87.5 percent of the more than 33 million cigarette packs bore fake tax stamps because only 1 percent of the total master boxes in their warehouses in San Simon, Pampanga was inspected.

“So, any extrapolation made on the character and valuation of those goods violate Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Pacquiao vs CTA and related cases where factual allegations regarding tax assessments must be presented on existing verifiable facts, not speculation,” the Mighty officials said.

They also lamented the alleged lack or prior tax assessment for supposed tax deficiency before the charges were filed by the BIR.

The Mighty officials argued that “the stamp verification process using Mobile Verification Devices under Revenue Regulation No. (RR) 7-2014 and Revenue Memorandum Order No. (RMO) 33-2016 are either incomplete or unreliable and therefore, void for purposes of their use as evidence in any proceedings.”

They added that since the alleged smuggled or counterfeit cigarette were already seized and detained by the BOC, the body or object of the alleged crime does not exist.

 

Source: http://www.manilatimes.net/mighty-execs-seek-junking-tax-evasion-raps/333577/

Mighty Corporation aids Southern Luzon through its CSR projects

Mighty Corp. shows its support for the local farmers up north.

In line with their recent expansion, Mighty developed various Corporate Social Responsibility projects to aid millions of people nationwide.

The company also hopes that the implementation of these projects will help the economy and the country grow.

CSR projects that were implemented in North Luzon:

  1. Increased tobacco purchase – Mighty Corp. substantially increased their tobacco purchase in order to raise the income of local farmers significantly. This will also help Mighty compete in the tobacco industry on an equal playing field.
  2. Supports the use of organic Pesticides – Mighty claimed that this move will help reduce the reliance of millions of local farmers on the use of chemical-based pesticides. Mighty said that this will not only help the environment, but will also help the farmers increase their income.
  3. Scholarship Grants for the farmers’ children – Honoring their patriarch’s memory, Mighty’s foundation granted scholarships and educational assistance to children of local tobacco farmers.
  4. Provided tobacco dust to Fish Pond owners – Mighty also helped local fish pond owners fight predators that infest their ponds. The company provided them with tobacco dust, a fish pond conditioner, to help decrease the number of predators in their ponds.
  1. Absorbed Low-grade leaves – Mighty also purchased low-grade leaves from local farmers at very good prices. This helped the local farmers increase their income while also assuring them that their crops have a place on the local market.

Mighty Corp Secrets to Success

Each one of us has different secrets in order to achieve success. Mighty Corp. is here to share theirs.

Being an underdog for many years, the oldest Filipino-owned cigarette manufacturer slowly emerged from the bottom of the industry and became one of the biggest players in the tobacco industry today.

According to the president of Mighty Corporation there are a couple of traits that each person should have in order to achieve success.

One should learn how to anticipate future trends and adjust, persevere, decide succession based on meritocracy, work hard, innovate, focus, preserve harmony, have faith, maintain people, believe in filial piety, believe in philanthropy, show humility, be loyal, and believe in destiny.

Working on these traits will help you improve your physical, mental, and emotional state. These will help shape you as a whole and improve your personality overall.

These traits will help you develop a proper mindset that can withstand problems that you are going to face. These will teach you to work hard, persevere, and focus, which are the fundamentals of a successful mindset.

Having a proper mindset will help you focus on your goal and help you to continuously improve yourself.

However, a successful man is not only about being successful in the field of business, but it’s also establishing a healthy relationship with the people around you.

These traits will help you improve your attitude towards every situation and every person you encounter.

Showing the proper attitude towards everything will not only help you ease your stress, but will also make people comfortable with you, making the work place a healthy environment to work on.

Improving one’s mindset and attitude are the first steps towards success. Once you master these traits, you will be successful in whatever you do.

How La Campana became Mighty Corp

It was 70 years ago when Chinese migrant Wong Chu King and his partners Ong Lowa, Baa Dy, and Ong Pay set up La Campana Fabrica de Tabacos Inc., the country’s oldest tobacco manufacturing company.

La Campana, which had it first factory in Tayabas St. Manila, specialized in Philippine-style cigars known as cortos and regaliz. These two brands were made from a blend of dark, air-cured Philippine tobaccos sourced from Cagayan and Isabela provinces in Northern Philippines. A second factory was built in 1948 in Pasong Tamo, Makati, and in 1951, the company acquired the present site of its head office.

In 1963, Wong Chu King founded the Tobacco Industries of the Philippines (TIP) in a nine-hectare property in Baranggay Tikay, Malolos, Bulacan. In 1964, the company produced American blended cigarettes using the brand names Duke, Windsor, and Tricycle.

The 1965-1982 proved to be difficult years for the company but through the perseverance and ingenuity of its founder, Wong Chu King, it was able to reestablish itself and in 1985, Mighty Corp. was set up to produce American-blended Virginia cigarettes. La Campana, meanwhile, cornered the native cigarettes industry by buying in 1993 the trademarks from Alhambra Industries, its main competitor that produced La Dicha, Rosalina, and Malaya.

In 2001, the company entered into a cigarette-manufacturing agreement with Sterling Tobacco to produce the latter’s brands.

Mighty Corp. then established its own filter rod production in 2001, built up its American blended filtered cigarettes, acquired its first Protos machine to boost production in 2003, modernized and upgraded its entire Lamina and Stem lines in 2005; and purchases its first GD packing machine in 2007.

Today, Mighty Corporation boasts of a fully integrated production and packing facility in Malolos, Bulacan.

Wong Chu King remained active in the management and day-to-day operations of Mighty Corp. until he passed away in August 1987, but the company remained in able hands. Mighty is now chaired by his widow, Nelia Wongchuking (the children sit in the board), while the firm is run by Edilberto Adan, president and chief executive officer, and retired Judge Oscar Barrientos who sits as executive vice president.

Congratulations and here is to many more decades and generations of business success.

70 years and greater plans underway for Mighty Corp

When local cigarette maker La Campana, which later became Mighty Corp., now turning 70 this 20th day of the month and remarkably going strong, responded to allegations regarding its business practices, it did not only answer its rivals’ odious and malicious allegations point-by-point, but also rightfully played the nationalist card.

Why not? It’s the only Filipino-owned cigarette company in the Philippines with no foreign partners, no expensive expat workers in its factories and offices, and pride itself as the firm with no outward remittances of income to pay royalties, existing much longer than most of the top local and multinational tobacco firms operating in the country.

As Irving Berlin once said, “A Filipino who truly possesses a nationalist bent follows the country’s laws and performs his/her duties and responsibilities as a decent citizen, like paying the correct taxes.”

It is also truly a Filipino boon if the company plays fair, creates jobs and generates activities that yield multiplier effects on the economy, and gives the government its rightful due.

Its giant multinational rivals often asked: Is Mighty not an illicit trader or tax evader?

Well, the burden of proof is on those who accused and spite it, not the other way around. To date, none of its detractors has filed a case against Mighty. Neither has the government charged or imposed a fine on it.

Indeed, Mighty’s official multibillion-peso tax records are verifiable with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs.

Its roots

Mighty traces its beginning to La Campana Fabrica de Tabacos Inc., which was established by Wong Chu King and his partners Ong Lowa, Baa Dy and Ong Pay, as World War II approached to an end in 1945.

Undeterred by the devastation of war, they built their first factory that year on Tayabas Street, Manila, and produced native cigarettes. La Campana then specialized in Philippine-style cigars, known as matamis and regaliz. These two brands were made from a blend of dark, air-cured Philippine tobaccos sourced from Cagayan and Isabela provinces in Northern Philippines.

In 1948 they established their second factory in Pasong Tamo, Makati. Acquisition began on 1951 of the present site of the company head office at 39 Sultana Street, Makati, Rizal, which is now 9110 Sultana Street, Olympia, Makati City.

In 1963 Wong Chu King founded the Tobacco Industries of the Philippines and, in 1995, transferred its manufacturing operation in a 9-hectare property in Baranggay Tikay, Malolos, Bulacan, as the high “labor-cost” in Makati City continued to increase.

The years 1965 to 1982 were, however, difficult for the company but, through the perseverance and ingenuity of Wong Chu King, it was able to reestablish its niche. In 1985 Mighty was set up to produce low-priced, aromatic and smooth-blend brands. La Campana, meanwhile, expanded and cornered the native tobacco industry by buying the trademarks from Alhambra Industries, its main competitor that produced La Dicha, Rosalina and Malaya.

Between 2001 and 2007, the company expanded with the creation of its own filter-rod production; the building of its American blended filtered cigarettes; the acquisition of its first Protos machine to boost production; the modernization and upgrading of its entire Lamina and Stem lines; the purchase of its first modern GD packing machine that turn the firm into a fully integrated production facility in its Bulacan complex; and the first company that set up closed-circuit television cameras to closely monitor its operations in compliance with the Bureau of Internal Revenue requirements.

Management

WongChuKing remained active in the management and day-to-day operations of the company until his death in August 1987. The board of trustees is now headed by his widow, Nelia D. Wongchuking, a philanthropist, who sits as chairman of the board, together with their children Helen Wongchuking-Chua, Marietta Wongchuking-Co Chien, Alexander D. Wongchuking. Edilberto Adan, a retired lieutenant general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, is the president, while retired regional trial court Judge Oscar P. Barrientos sits as the executive vice president.

Economy of scales

Mighty produces 12 brands, competing in both high- and low-end variants against its multinational and monopolist rivals.

If its rivals often wondered how it can sell its products cheaply, it’s because of its excellent practice in the economy of scales, which means, among other microeconomic variables, the reduction in the per-unit cost of production as the volume of production increases.

Corporate social responsibility

Mighty maintains its own CSR program anchored on charity and cultural work mainly through the Wong Chu King Foundation that is managed by the children, their relatives and volunteers. Lately, it granted 200 scholarships to the country’s deserving dependents and beneficiaries of the tobacco growers.

The foundation works closely with religious, educational and non-governmental organizations, and has donated immensely to restore historical churches and those that were damaged by the recent typhoons.

In essence, Mighty proudly represents itself as a nationalist beacon of hope for others competing in modern business environment largely dominated by monopolists and other foreign economic interests.