Mighty Corp. (MC), the Filipino cigarette manufacturer based in Malolos City, Bulacan, on Sunday said that there was no shutdown of its operations and it is business as usual for the company.
“We are not shutting down our operations. Our business operations are normal and on track, and it is business as usual for the company,” ret. Judge Oscar Barrientos, MC executive vice president and spokesman, said in a statement.
Barrientos said the routine schedule of the Malolos-based MC factory, which has two facilities for cigarette making, included comprehensive maintenance work.
“In fact, we continue to install equipment and implement cost-efficient projects in our production line in our quest to continue to be the leader in producing low-cost quality cigarettes,” Barrientos added.
The MC spokesman also said criticisms against the company were “rehashed issues that had no basis in fact.”
“Efforts to cast Mighty Corp. in a bad light, to the point of resorting to outright lies, are pathetic and lamentable. Instead of focusing on improving their business processes, our competitors have resorted to waging a smear campaign against us. This is not good corporate practice,” Barrientos said.
He added that the latest issue—the supposed shutdown of operations—appeared to signal “a new low in the mudslinging campaign.”
The corporation has been accused by competitors of under-declaring its production to reduce the amount of excise taxes that it is mandated to pay.