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Convicted tax evader escapes from Cavite hospital

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MANILA, Philippines – Authorities said on Tuesday that convicted tax evader Gloria Kintanar had escaped from a hospital in Silang, Cavite where she was under confinement.

Kintanar, a distributor of Forever Living products, was the first to be convicted by the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) in the tax evasion case filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

The BIR is an attached agency of the Department of Finance (DOF).

Kintanar was sentenced by the CTA on Monday to four years' imprisonment because of her failure to settle with the BIR her P7-million tax deficiency liability in 2005.

According to Atty. Jayson Torres, legal counsel of the BIR, Kintanar was not able to attend the promulgation of the sentence by the CTA because she was confined at the Velasco Hospital in Silang, Cavite.

However, the CTA sheriff, together with a Philippine National Police team and the representative of the BIR, failed to serve the bench warrant as Kintanar was able to escape from the hospital and nowhere to be found.

Authorities are now looking into the other addresses indicated in the records of the CTA in order to serve the warrant against Kintanar.

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