by Jun Ramirez
Commissioner Caesar Dulay of the Bureau of Immigration (BIR) urged yesterday the men and women of the agency to stay focus on their tax collection job and not distracted by the ongoing controversy over the alleged massive reduction of the tax liabilities of a multinational firm from P30 billion to only P64 million.
Addressing revenue officials and employees after a flag-raising ceremony, the BIR chief said that all taxmen should work like a basketball team and concentrate all efforts in hitting the more than P1.8 trillion collection target of the agency for the year.
Dulay made the appeal following news reports about the plunder complaint filed by a tax informer before the Office of the Ombudsman that the former allegedly conspired with other revenue officials mostly from the large taxpayers service in cutting the tax liabilities of Del Monte Philippines from P30 billion to less than P1 billion.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has asked the chamber’s committees on ways and means and the good government to conduct a joint probe into the controversy.
Dulay vehemently denied the allegations, stressing that he would not prolong his stay in the bureau if there is corruption.
Earlier the BIR came out with a press statement saying that the informer was an unreliable source of information.
“Complainant (Danilo) Lihaylihay has a history of filing baseless plunder complaints. He filed plunder cases against former Presidents Arroyo and Aquino and almost all BIR commissioners, including former Commissioner Kim Henares who declared him persona non grata. All cases were dismissed, having no factual or legal basis but merely intended to harass,” the BIR said in a press statement.
Some insiders described the plunder complaint as “amateurish,” adding that Del Monte like other multinational companies are not into the malpractice of bribing tax examiners as their overseas operations are watched by their governments for any shenanigan, not to mention the country’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
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