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Mighty Corp. asks Customs to reconsider suspension means BUSINESS

MANILA, Philippines -- Cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. has asked the Bureau of Customs to lift the suspension of its accreditation.

The motion for reconsideration filed by the company's counsel Sigfrid Fortun questioned the March 14 BOC order, arguing that the suspension has no legal basis based on the Revised Guidelines for Registration of Importers and Customs Brokers and the Customs Memorandum Order.

"The grounds and instances where suspension or cancellation or revocation of an importer's accreditation can prosper: The BOC-AMO discovers any inaccuracy in any of the documents submitted in the application process with the BOC; the accredited importer does not comply with any of the reportorial requirement to be submitted enumerated in the CMO mentioned above; and the BOC discovers any violation of law or regulation by the accredited importer," it said.

It said the notice issued against Might Corp. "is premised on a pending administrative case filed with your Office,” which “is not a ground for suspension, and the policy makers who drafted the memorandum did not include pendency of a suit or investigation as a ground therefor since the existence of a case is not determinative of guilt."

Aside from asking for the suspension to be lifted, the motion also sought "other just or equitable reliefs available to alleviate the current flight of MC's suspended importation-accreditation" and asked for a hearing not later than March 21.