BIR files tax evasion case vs cousin of former Pres. Aquino, 23 others

BIR logo and building (Manila Bulletin file photo)

Manila, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday has reportedly filed a separate tax evasion charges against 24 business executives based mostly in Makati - including a relative of former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

Reports said that the criminal cases were submitted to the Department of Justice after the respondents allegedly ignored assessment and collection notices to settle the delinquent accounts totaling more than P1 billion.

The respondents were identified as Alejandro Tengco, Ramon Cojuangco, Jr., Mario Locsin, Manuel Dinio; president, chairman of the board, vice president and treasurer, respectively, of Auto Sports 24 Corporation of Magallanes Village, Makati; Rizalyn Aligante and Jennilyn Lapus, president and treasurer, respectively, of City Delight Mercantile of Goodyear Park Subdivision, Las Pinas City; Paula San Agustin, Margarita Vela and Susan Carasig, president, secretary and finance officer, respectively, of Concept Placement Resources of Magallanes, Makati.

Among the executives is Conjuangco, cousin of former President Aquino, also an owner of a high-end resort in Boracay.

The following add to the list of resondents, Farid Nasser, Pascual Pastor and Roberto Artadi, president, vice president and treasurer, respectively, of Crown Realty Company of Pasong Tamo, Makati; Kasigod Jamias and Michael Luna, president and treasurer, respectively, of Heltgard Hygiene Systems of Soldiers Hills, Muntinglupa City; Jesse Young, Francis Chung and Myra Quinonez, president, vice president and treasurer, respectively, of Metals and Wires Manufacturing of Bicutan, Taguig City; Claudio Altura, Albert Altura and Cornelio Caedo; chairman, president and treasurer, respectively, of Ski Construction Group of Paseo De Roxas; Emerlita Serrano, Edelito Badua and Delio Sumulde, president,, vice president and treasurer, respectively, of Starsky’s Entertainment of Poblacion, Makati; and Anthony Torres, proprietor of Monty’s Meat Shop of Magallanes, Makati.

According to BIR's statement, the charged individuals were served case assessment and collection letters - that includes final assessment notices.

“The respondents’ failure and continued refusal to pay their long overdue deficiency taxes, despite repeated demands, constitute willful failure to pay the taxes due the government,” the statement said

Source: Manila Bulletin

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