Janet Lim Napoles and her husband, Jaime failed to answer the tax evasion complaints filed against them at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
During the second preliminary investigation hearing on Wednesday, the couple did not show up. Only their special counsel, Francisco Tolentino, was there.
According to Tolentino, Jaime Napoles asked for an extension of the deadline for their submission of counter affidavits since they had no lawyer to represent them.
Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edna Valenzuela, chairman of the investigating panel, gave the Napoleses a non-extendable deadline of Nov. 19, the next hearing date, to submit their affidavits.
The couple is facing P61.1 million tax evasion case after the Bureau of Internal Revenue discovered that they had not been paying income tax despite amassing hundreds of millions in cash and property for the past several years.
The case was filed before the DOJ. Janet’s tax liabilities totaled P44.7 million while her husband’s was P16.4 million.
The BIR said the Napoleses did not pay taxes in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Janet was also accused of not supplying correct and accurate information in her Income Tax Return (ITR) for 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009 and did not file ITRs for taxable years 2010, 2011, and 2012.
The BIR said the Napoleses were able to purchase and register in their names various real properties including luxury cars such as a Ford Lincoln Navigator, Honda Civic and Porsche Cayene, insurance policies, club shares, investments to new companies, and several condominiums.
BIR records showed that Napoles “did not file any income tax returns (ITR) for years 2010 to 2012, while her husband “declared nothing” in his ITR for 2009.
Aside from the couple, their daughter, Jeane Catherine Napoles, is also facing a P32 million tax evasion case separately filed by the BIR after the agency found that she did not file income tax returns for 2011 and 2012 or any donor’s tax if her properties were donated to her.
The businesswoman showed erratic vital signs yesterday, the eve of her scheduled appearance before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
Doctors attributed her “erratic” vital signs to stress and anxiety.
Philippine National Police Information chief, Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, said that police doctors noted a slight difference in her vital signs during her two medical check-ups in her detention cell.
Napoles is being detained at a police training facility in Fort Sto. Domingo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Sindac said her morning blood pressure was 140/80 while her pulse rate was 95 beats per minute, way above of the normal beat rates of 80 to 85 beat per minute. Her systolic rate was also higher than the normal of 120.
In the afternoon, her BP was at 130/80 and her pulse rate was 96 per minute.