Nueva Ecija’s Gov. Umali declares all-out war vs illicit cigarette business

MANILA, Philippines — Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio “Oyie” Umali warned personalities behind the proliferation of illicit cigarette trade in the province and ordered them to “cease and desist” from their illegal operations.

Umali raised the ultimatum to those involved in the illicit operations, as he admitted that Nueva Ecija is now fast becoming a haven for illegal manufacturing of fake cigarettes and the rampant selling of these illicit products as well.

The governor’s call is echoed by other local executives across the country and declared their own war against illicit cigarette trade within their turf.

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