Duterte to Mighty Corp. owners: Pay ₱3-B and you're off the hook

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he is willing to let the owners of local cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation off the hook if it pays double its tax liabilities.

He said Alexander Wongchuking, along with his brother Caesar, should cough up P3 billion. One of the brothers apparently offered to pay P1.5 billion in foregone revenue due to fake tax stamps used on cigarettes, but Duterte wants double that amount.

The President earlier ordered the arrest of Alexander Wongchuking over economic sabotage.

Related: Duterte denies alleged 'bribery' attempt of Mighty Corp.

He said the money would be equally divided among three recipients — Basilan, Jolo, Sulu, and a hospital in Tondo, Manila — mainly for health needs.

Employees arrested for illegal dumping

Meanwhile, the Parañaque police arrested three employees of Mighty Corporation for dumping boxes of destroyed cigarette packs inside the community garbage container.

Driver Elmer Quintero and his two assistants, Jun Mar Luna and John Ret Linatoc were caught by the City Environment and Natural Resource Office (CENRO) personnel along Dr. A Santos Avanue extension in Brgy. San Isidro, Parañaque.

"Nagulat kami na merong nireport na may nagtapon isan truck ng basura, which is bawal sa amin," said CENRO officer-in-charge Bernie Amurao. "Nung napag-alaman na puro sigarilyo, tumawag, pina-apprehend ko yung mga tao at pina-impound ko yung sasakyan."

[Translation: We were surprised when a truck full of garbage reportedly dumped here, which is prohibited. When we learned it was cigarettes, we called, asked the people be apprehended, and had the vehicle impounded.]

However, the suspects claimed their garbage came from Muntinlupa.

Parañaque Police Chief Jemar Modequillo said they are investigating why the cigarettes were disposed in their city.

Authorities said they will file charges of illegal dumping against the three suspects.

CNN Philippines' correspondents AC Nicholls and Yumi Lugod contributed to this report.