Palace backs lifestyle check on police officials

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Malacañang on Sunday backed Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd plan to conduct lifestyle checks on officials and members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

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Roxas made the proposal after some police officers were involved recently in criminal activities.

Among these cases were the murder for a fee by a policeman of car racing champion Enzo Pastor, the kidnap and robbery extortion of two traders in broad daylight along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) by members of the La Loma Police Station (Quezon City) and the kidnapping of a Chinese businessman by two Malolos (Bulacan) policemen last week.

Roxas said conducting lifestyle checks can be a preventive measure and a concrete action to rid the PNP of crooks.

Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said the public could expect Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Santos-Henares to act quickly on the proposal.

“Commissioner Henares works really fast. What [she]always says is that if there is something initiated, these are always confidential. Meaning, we will know of the results once they have filed the proper cases,” Valte said in an interview aired over dzRB radio station on Sunday.

Sen. Nancy Binay earlier called on Henares to look into the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of PNP chief Alan Purisima.

The call came amid reports that Purisima acquired prime pieces of property in the towns of Zaragoza and San Leonardo in Nueva Ecija and owns condominium units at the Bellagio Residences in Taguig City (Metro Manila) as well as Gramercy, Ayala One and Serendra in Makati City (Metro Manila).

Senator Grace Poe also earlier urged police officials to make their SALN available to the public as she renewed her call for passage of the Freedom of Information (FO1) bill.

Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, said the people have the right to have access on the SALN of police officials to ensure transparency.

She made the remarks after Purisima purportedly refused to make public his SALN despite repeated requests from civil society groups Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and Coalition of Filipino Consumers.

VACC Founding Chairman Dante Jimenez said Purisima must obey the provision of the Constitution mandating government officials to make their SALN public.

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  1. dapat lang talaga busisihin ang yaman ng pnp chief para mlaman kung kya nyang bumili ng mga highend property in a short span of time.fyi meron p syang pinatayong bahay s baguio mlapit s luacan airport. ang anak nya po sa america nagaaral. with his meager salary in the pnp kaya b mgpaaral ng anak s abroad at mkapagpatayo ka ba ng ganon kalalaking mga bahay at condo at limpak limpak n pera pati mga luxury cars. tutoo pala ang mga balita noon pman d pa cya chief pnp n talagang bagman cya ni ebdane s mga weteng o illegal activities. yong cinasabi nya n walang kkyanan ang iba n maging chief pnp kundi cya lang daw!! lol db maliwang n cya walang kkayanan maupo dyan s pwesto nya ngayon kundi lang cya mlakas at bagyo k pinoy wala sya dyan db!

  2. But does Kim Henares not lawyer for tax evader?

    Golden Donuts Inc (GDI), the exclusive Philippine Franchisee of “Dunkin’ Donuts”, was found to have committed fraudulent acts or criminal tax violations that resulted to deficiency tax assessment amounting to P1.56 billion, including increments, for year 2007, discovered and documented by Othello Dalanon in his official capacity as former BIR examiner; but Henares intentionally did not pursue tax evasion case because she fears the company’s secretary, Marixi Prieto who happens to be the chairperson of Philippine Daily Inquirer.

    The aforesaid tax assessment obtained finality because GDI failed to file a valid protest against the Formal Letter of Demand and Assessment Notice (FAN).

    However, the Chief Tax Collector intentionally did not collect it, purportedly because
    representatives of GDI complained to her that Dalanon’s assessment was faulty. Thus, she ordered two (2) re-investigations.

    There is no law that authorizes the Commissioner to order two (2) re-investigations of a final, executory and demandable assessment.

    Once the assessment obtained finality, the right of the government to collect the deficiency tax becomes absolute; thus, it precludes the taxpayer from questioning the correctness of the assessment and from raising any justification or defense that would pave the way for a re-investigation.

    Commissioner Henares also claims that the authority to decide and declare finality of a
    certain assessment is a function vested by law upon the Commissioner of Internal Revenue.

    Her assertion has no basis in law.

    It is the law that determines finality of a certain assessment as clearly provided under Revenue Regulations No. 12-99 as amended by Revenue Regulations No. 18-2013 which the Commissioner herself promulgated, in relation to Section 228 of the 1997 Tax Code.

    Her claim that Dalanon’s assessment was faulty is wrong.

    In fact, she was not able to dispute Dalanon’s assessment. What is…

  3. Chief Purisima and all the Generals resign,or retire in jail.Start with fresh with the Colonels.Death penalty for plunderer

  4. Tama ka vg! Action ang kailangan hindi yong puro dada! Wala talagang alam yang si Purisima kung kolektor, trace yong assignment nya nuon sa NCRPO, siya sa R2, kolektor ni Ebdane!

  5. We do not need life style checks. We need action to remove organized crime in the PNP. Everyone in the police force must know what is going on. Let us not put on a show, let’s take action.