The Congressional Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability will soon summon several government contractors to explain why they paid so little tax, while others did not file at all, in the previous years.
Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, a member of the committee, said he had the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) records of these unscrupulous contractors who, despite cornering juicy contracts from various government agencies, only paid measly amount of taxes which are not commensurate to their earnings.
Evardone said he will immediately file a resolution calling for an investigation into the matter to stop companies from cheating the BIR.
Though Evardone did not give out the names of these contractors, reliable sources in Congress said most of those who will be invited to explain are those contractors who were charged by the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in connection with the unfinished P120 million irrigation project in Butuan City.
The main contractor of the Butuan irrigation project, Dungan Construction in Pampanga, owned by Corazon Jimenez, does not have any records or is not registered at all with the BIR, said my source.
Another construction firm involved in the Butuan irrigation mess, the MC Zamora Construction of Nueva Ecija, owned by Cristina Zamora, reportedly is not registered too with the BIR, therefore, it has no tax records with the tax agency.
The MG Salazar Construction of Nueva Ecija, owned by Mateo Salazar, though it is registered with the internal revenue office, has not filed any income tax returns since 1999 to the present.
The Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability also would like to hear from AKN Construction why it only filed P44,000 in taxes at the Revenue District Office 48 in Makati City when it cornered the Maharlika Highway project in Cotabato early this year worth over P400 million.
Evardone said the committee would like to find out why these contractors paid the government so little when it had cornered hundreds of millions worth of projects from various government agencies.
That’s what the public want to find out too, Cong. Evardone.
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We were right all along
Nueva Ecija businesswoman Lea Cruz is now the subject of a manhunt by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly hoarding tons of garlic resulting in an artificial price increases.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said they found out that Cruz is the head of the cartel that controls the prices and stocks of garlic in the market.
A few months ago, an official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) tipped off this writer about the garlic anomaly, saying Cruz is the only person allowed by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala to import the commodity.
But Alcala dismissed the allegation, saying Cruz heads a group of garlic importers. However, import permits obtained by this writer show only Cruz’s name on all the documents.
Cruz threatened to sue this writer and this newspaper but for reasons only known to her, she did not push through with her libel suit.
Its about time someone put an end on the illegal trade of Lea Cruz. Good job Sec. De Lima!