THE process of weeding out undesirable tax collectors as promised by Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay is slowly gaining ground, with six more revenue personnel charged for various violations.
Charged with grave misconduct and serious dishonesty were Revenue Collection Officers (RCO) Myla A. Avila of Revenue District Office No. 13, Tuguegarao City; Virinda M. Raymundo of RDO No. 67, Legazpi City; Joel Tiu of RDO No. 104, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur; and Vivian S. Competente of RDO No. 28, Novaliches, Quezon City, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said in a statement.
Another RCO, Manuel T.S. Ong of RDO No. 93, Zamboanga City was charged with gross neglect of duty.
RCO Oscar E. Tabirara of the Customer Assistance Division (CAD) was also charged with gross neglect of duty, in addition to violation of office rules and regulations.
Avila, Raymundo, Tiu, Competente and Ong were found to have failed to account, remit and deposit cash collections amounting to P241,905.39, P149,274.53, P743,764.16, P344,170.00 (part of which is the monetary value of missing documentary stamps worth P168,000.00), and P5,198,731.73, respectively, the BIR said.
Tabirara failed to secure and submit the required office clearance for his transfer from RDO No. 52, Parañaque City to CAD, his daily time records and 16 tax case dockets assigned to him for audit or investigation.
Avila, Raymundo, Tiu, Competente, Ong and Tabirara were given by investigating officers the opportunity to explain their side but failed to do so.
They were also ordered suspended preventively for 90 days and were directed to turn over all government properties for which they are accountable, as well as unfinished assignments, the BIR said.
The formal administrative charges and preventive suspension orders slapped on the six revenue personnel were approved by Dulay and signed by Deputy Commissioner Jesus Clint Aranas of the BIR legal group.
Criminal cases will also be filed against the six personnel before a proper court, except Tiu whose case for malversation and failure to render an account under Articles 217 and 218 of the Revised Penal Code had already been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, the BIR said.
The charges against the six revenue personnel came in wake of formal charges for grave misconduct against RCOs Susan R. Ferrer, Rogelio N. Jugao and Crisanto M. Olazo (group supervisor) of RDO No. 40, Cubao, Quezon City.
Ferrer attempted to mulct P3 million, and the tandem of Jugao and Olazo tried to squeeze P30 million, from the same taxpayer-complainant to adjust or settle the latter’s tax liability, the BIR said.
The charges against Avila, Raymundo, Tiu, Competente, Ong and Tabirara are grave offenses, which carry the penalty of dismissal from the service if found guilty.