On preserving historic churches in Philippines

Wong Chu King Foundation (WCKF) is celebrating its 24th anniversary.

They already pledged to aid in the seismic retrofitting of historic churches in Philippines.

In fact they started renovation project for the historic Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the largest church in all of Cavite,

Alexander Wongchuking, WCKF executive director said:
“We cannot allow this historic church to go into disrepair because it had not only strengthened the Filipino faith but also stands as a mute witness to the martyrdom of the defenders of Philippine freedom and nationhood,” , recalling the church’s role in the fight for Philippine independence from Spanish, American and Japanese conquerors.

As they offered help, the foundation focused on repairing the church’s roof and ceiling. But Mrs. Wongchuking heard of the personal project of Fr. Virgilio Saenz-Mendoza, the parish priest, and the people of Naic to refurbish the outer walls of the church.

WCKF did the same help to San Juan City, The foundation celebrates by giving support to some educational projects and program by funding the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Senior High School Building for Xavier School in San Juan City. I

The Foundation is the social action arm of cigarette manufacturer, Mighty Corporation (MC), for giving top priority to apostolic work and Catholic education in its programs and projects.

 

Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation

 

About Wong Chu King Foundation

Mighty Corporation’s initiative to expand their CSR projects is through the Wong Chu King Foundation, such as installing irrigation pumps, endow with mini tractors, and provide scholarship grants to the farmer’s children, they gave fair share to their workers.

Mighty Corporation (MC) is a fully integrated Tobacco Company located at Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines. The Factory lies in a 9-Hectare Property 50 Kilometers North of Manila. The Principal activities of Mighty Corporation include Tobacco Processing and Cigarette Manufacturing.

Wong Chu King Foundation Inc. (WCKF) has already pledged to aid in the seismic retrofitting of historic churches in Philippine province.

Aside from aiding in the construction of the school and its facilities, another admirable thing about the foundation is that they are financing the studies of hundreds of poor but deserving pupils nationwide.

It’s something that nobody requires them to do but they still pursue out of love for their fellow Filipinos together with their belief that education will be the key for these students to improve their lives.

Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation

 

On low priced cigarette brands

Because tax for alcohol and cigarettes went up since the beginning of this year it made a great impact to the consumers.

Most of the consumers that I know are those working in the call center industry.

But they are to a company that produces low cost cigarettes because they can still spend time in releasing stress by these mighty products.

Talking about cigarette products, Mighty Corporation sells low cost cigarettes for many years now.

To be exact, Mighty Corporation is a fully integrated company whose principal activities include tobacco processing and cigarette manufacturing.

Why low?

Mighty Corporation, even a small player in cigarette business imports leaf from 15 countries, Argentina, South Africa, Belgium, Brazil, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

Its average import price is $0.68 per kilo. It paid a little higher — $0.71 for leaf supplied by the United States.

On the other hand Philip Morris bought tobacco from the United States at the average price of $7.30 to the kilo.

And speaking of Tax, Mighty Corporation paid 8 million pesos in excise tax for 2013.

Mighty Corp Vows to Defend Its Name against Competitors

While being under siege by multinational corporate bigwigs trying to take the reins on the multibillion-peso tobacco industry of the country, the only Filipino-owned cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation yesterday vowed to legally defend its name amidst all the hullaballoo.

MC legal counsel Atty. Miguelito V. Ocampo said that Mighty Corporation would like to assure their loyal customers—wholesalers and retailers alike, bankers, employees, etc.—that they will not take all the accusations of their competitors sitting down.

Ocampo voiced out a strong point of the improbableness of the many accusations of the giant tobacco firm Philip Morris and Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) that MC has monopolized the market with its P1 per stick cigarettes coupled with the underdeclaration and illegal withdrawals of imported raw materials. Ocampo emphasized that such could not be possible with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs strictly monitoring the company’s manufacturing, shipment, withdrawals, and marketing activities.

Ocampo added this accusations and reasoning have been organized by their competitors to destroy the company despite the fact that the distribution of low-priced cigarettes has already been legally allowed with the new sin tax law or Republic Act 10351 being implemented.

The legal counsel explained that such disinformation causes more than just the undermining of the credibility of the country’s revenue authorities; these are also an outright deception of the consumers to defame the company’s name and eventually cripple their market.

Ocampo enumerated the four brands low-priced cigarette brands—Champion M. King, Champion M 100, Jackpot M 100’s and Westpoint Filter King—that PMFTC is distributing at P1 per stick but which they have not informed the public.

Mighty Corporation’s legal counsel expounded that it is not the company’s fault if their brands are doing better in the market. This should not be surprising as the MC brands are popular and a favorite among the masses with their distinctive taste, smell, and flavor and are incomparably mellow, smooth, desirably packaged, and relatively low priced and made by Filipinos for the Filipinos—in our country where local partners of foreign business entities have always wanted to take the industry under their control.

Mighty Corporation: We Are Not Involved in Any U.S. Court Case

Mighty Corp., a local Philippine cigarette manufacturer, clears it name with the reports of its involvement in “unfair competition” in three states in the U.S, explaining that it could be some case of mistaken identity.

Oscar Barrientos, Mighty Corporation executive vice president and spokesman, explained that “Mighty Corp. has not been involved in any suit in the United States of America, specifically court cases in the states of California, Oregon, and Oklahoma.”

Barrientos added that the reports pertain to a lawsuit filed by some American consumers particularly in the three federal states mentioned against some cigarette manufacturers and reiterated that his company has nothing to do with it.

A settlement agreement was finally achieved with the defendants calling up for an escrow payment of a total of $21.3 million in fines.

Philip Morris International, whose local Philippine counterpart Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. is currently involved in a broiling marketing war with Mighty Corp., is however one of the manufacturers involved in the case.

Barrientos added, “The only Filipino company registered in the settlement agreement is a company called Pacific Stanford. And the only link Mighty Corp. has in these suits is the fact that one of the stockholders of Pacific Stanford is a minority shareholder in our company. No products of Mighty Corp. were involved in these suits.”

The Mighty Corp. executive further stated that the company was neither notified by the concerned courts nor were there any summons served and that the fines rendered by the U.S. courts cannot be enforced in the Philippines.

With the case’s final judgment being dated more than a decade now, the same cannot be implemented under the Philippine law. To quote the Might Corp. executive, “He who sleeps on his right shall lose the right to enforce the same, including the right to enforce a foreign judgment,” Barrientos said.

Barrientos closed his statement saying that the United States cases had in fact been proven unfavorable to non-U.S. companies with the judgment ultimately prohibiting Philippine companies like Mighty Corporation from selling their cigarette brands in the U.S.