The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has fashioned a group to probe Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista and his kinfolk for potential tax evasion, the Department of Justice (DOJ) stated on Wednesday.
The transfer comes amid allegations of Bautista’s estranged spouse Patricia Paz stating that the ballot physique chief has undeclared wealth value over P1 billion.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II stated that BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay issued Revenue Special Order. No. 706-217 which ordered the formation of a group who will examine potential violations of the National Internal Revenue Code by Bautista, her spouse Patricia Paz, Atty. Nilo Divina and his Divine regulation agency, Luzon Development Bank (LDB) “and other related parties.”
Dulay designated Regional Director Glen Geraldino of Revenue Region eight as head of the probe group with Regional Director Manuel Mapoy and Revenue District Officers Petronilo Fernando, Bethsheba Bautista and Isabel Paulino as members.
Aguirre met Dulay final Sunday mentioned the parameters of the investigation and sharing of paperwork and findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
In a letter, Dulay additionally sought Aguirre’s help within the BIR probe.
“To help in the effective discharge of the team’s investigative authority, kindly furnish it, through Director Geraldino, with any and all affidavits, reports and documents which your office may deem pertinent to the tax investigation,” the BIR chief requested.
Bautista’s spouse has already introduced paperwork to the NBI, together with alleged information on quite a few financial institution accounts of his husband.
She claimed in her affidavit submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that her husband, who was appointed as Comelec chairman in May 2015 by then President Aquino, had cash in banks, condominiums, and curiosity and shares in corporations established abroad that the ballot chief allegedly didn’t declare in his 2016 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) with a complete estimated worth of virtually P1 billion. (PNA)