As of this writing, the BIR was yet todetermine the total value of the seized fake cigarettes. Boniva was renting out the house. The Bureau of Internal Revenue(BIR) Region 6 and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) raided thehouse of Emilda Boniva at around 11 a.m. after receiving reports that fakecigarettes sold to various stores here were sourced from the house. The seized 7,150 boxes of fakecigarettes were equivalent to 715 reams. Cigarette packs which sell underP50 are usually fake since the excise tax placed on cigarettes has reachedP35 already, explained Gantang. They also discovered that the serialnumbers of the boxes were similar, another indication of their being fake. According to Lieutenant ColonelAnthony Gantang of the CIDG, BIR started investigating after learning thatcheap cigarettes – sold under P50 – were proliferating in Iloilo. ILOILO City – A total of 7,150boxes of fake cigarettes were confiscated from a house in Barangay TabucSuba, La Paz district yesterday. PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN BIR officials scrutinized the barcodes of every seized box of cigarettes and found out that these werecounterfeit. House owner Boliva said she did notknow the cigarettes were fake and named a certain Chua. The government has been losinghundreds of millions of pesos in excise tax yearly through the illicitmanufacture and distribution of fake cigarettes./PN “We will locate this man,” saidGantang.