Investigation progress on Bautista's alleged ill-gotten wealth, BIR joins the probe

The Bureau of Internal Revenue and National Bureau of Investigation (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - On Sunday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre met with Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Cesar Dulay and discussed the parameters of the investigation of accusations to alleged ill-gotten wealth of Comelec chair Andres Bautista.

Aguirre and Dulay also agreed on sharing documents as well as the findings of the National Bureau of Investigation.

In a phone interview, Aguirre said “We need to see if there are tax liabilities based on the affidavit and documents we have gathered,” and added” The BIR wants to partner with us in this investigation.”

Furthermore, Aguirre also mentioned that the BIR chief agreed to issue a letter of authority, allowing the revenue officers to examine the records of Andy Bautista and others that his wife, Patricia, mentioned on her affidavit.

The Anti-Fraud Division of NBI, however, already started its investigation on Bautista’s case.

According to Aguirre, the NBI already coordinated with various agencies, including the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to verify the more than 30 bank accounts of the Comelec chair that his wife, brought to authorities.

“The conduct of parallel money laundering investigation was likewise requested from AMLC,” the report from NBI said.

In justifying the investigation being conducted, Aguirre said that marital issue was unfortunate but public interest must be protected.

“But the government has to protect public interest,” he said. “There is an allegation here of illegally acquired wealth and we have to know of it is true.”


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