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PACC chief warns BIR, Customs: ‘Don’t try us


PRESIDENTIAL Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez said the agency would monitor all collecting agencies, particularly the Bureau of Internal Revenues (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BoC), for those who would try to circumvent the proper governance and good conduct of being a government official.

HUDDLE PACC Chairman Dante Jimenez (right) with state prosecutor Florencio de la Cruz during an
arraignment against BIR officials for graft charges at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court on Friday.

“Do not try us, we will be watching you, BIR, Customs and other collecting agencies,” Jimenez said in a chance interview.

This was after the pre-trial hearing of the two BIR officials who were caught in an entrapment organized by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for demanding P160 million from a business corporation to settle tax deficiencies in July.

In the resolutions, Presiding Judge Juris Dilinila-Callanta maintained her previous finding that probable cause was “apparent” in the graft and corruption, and robbery with intimidation of person cases against accused Alfredo Pagdilao Jr. and Agripina Vallestro.

“We are inclined to give more credit to the evidence for the complainant that respondents, Pagdilao and Vallestero had violated the provision of Section 3 (b) of Republic Act 3019, otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” a resolution read.

The judge said the “record sufficiently shows that Pagdilao and Vallesterohad conspired together” and by taking advantage of their official position as revenue officers.

This was for the purpose of evading the payment of P1,649,157,673.13 deficiency income tax of Vivo Mobile Tech, Inc., Dilinila-Callanta said.

She added that the discrepancy between the original tax deficiency assessment as stated in the first Notice of Informal Conference as compared to the revised version as stated in the second notice, is “too stagerring and scandalous” to be ignored in ascribing motive on the part of the accused.

“Furthermore, the negative assertions interposed by the respondents at this stage of the proceeding cannot be given more weight than the positive declarations of the complainant’s representative and the arresting NBI operatives, as well,” the court said in the resolution.

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Today’s Front Page January 18, 2020

Today’s Front Page January 18, 2020