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Fruit firm starts paying tax due to South Cotabato gov’t

The fruit-exporting company Sumifru Philippines Corporation has paid a portion of its overdue tax with the provincial government of South Cotabato.

South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr. confirmed on Monday that Sumifru entered into a “compromise agreement” with the Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO), agreeing to pay at least 35% delinquent tax it owed to the land owners.

Tamayo said the company still needs to pay the remaining 65% tax due based on their agreement.

Land owners accused Sumifru of its failure to pay the real property taxes for the pieces of land they rented, putting these properties at risk of being seized and auctioned off by the provincial government.

The governor had repeatedly warned that the provincial government will ban the company from doing business in South Cotabato, should it fail to pay its tax obligations.

Records showed that Sumifru has a tax delinquency amounting to about P2.7 million for its own properties alone as of November 2023, while the landowners also owe the provincial government around P27 million.

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