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MANILA - The Department of Finance has charged five Bureau of Internal Revenue employees for non-filing of statements of assets, liabilities and net worth and a sixth one for amassing wealth disproportionate to his lawful income.
The DOF-Revenue Integrity Protection Service on Thursday said it instituted administrative complaints against three erring officers of the bureau at the Office of the Ombudsman, while the remaining two cases were lodged before the Civil Service Commission.
The RIPS filed cases before the Ombudsman against Revenue Officer III Saidy Decampong; Chief Revenue Officer III Juarez Hernandez of Revenue Region 18, Koronadal City; and Revenue Officer III Ma. Luisa Joy Pisueña of Revenue Region 12, Bacolod City.
Meanwhile, Revenue Officer III Eleodoro Avisado and Revenue Officer III Arsenio Reyes of Revenue Region 10, Legazpi City were charged before the CSC.
The grounds for all the complaints were mainly anchored on their failure to file their respective SALNs for 2010.
RIPS said the BIR personnel's failure to file their respective SALNs was discovered through the certifications furnished by different bureau offices in compliance with the DOF Order 12-2011, which enjoins all officials and employees of the DOF and its attached agencies and instrumentalities to submit a copy of their respective SALNs to the heads of their offices, and, in turn, for the heads of offices to forward said copies to the DOF through the Revenue Operations and Legal Affairs Group and RIPS.
"We further verified the alleged failure of the abovementioned BIR personnel to submit their respective 2010 SALN through the other custodians of SALNs, namely, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Civil Service Commission, which both confirmed that they have no record of the SALNs of the foregoing employees for 2010," RIPS said.
The agency also filed administrative and criminal charges against Revenue Officer III Raul Gorospe of Regional District Office 49, North Makati for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act or Republic Act 3019 and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees or RA 6713 with the Office of the Ombudsman.
RIPS alleged that Gorospe misdeclared a real property in Quezon City, and vaguely included in his SALN two real estate properties in Sta. Mesa, Manila, and in Sorsogon, which are both erected with commercial and residential buildings.
The RIPS alleged that Gorospe merely declared one vehicle in his SALN worth P260, 000, when records from the Land Transportation Office revealed that he owns at least 10.
Gorospe’s wife was likewise found to be the owner of Our Lady of Piat Cargo Hauler, a cargo forwarder business, located at Pier 4 North Harbor, Manila, and a beauty parlor in Quezon City. He and his wife were likewise incorporators of ALHI Real Estate Corp., which Gorospe never disclosed in his SALNs from 2000 to 2010.
Records from the Bureau of Immigration also revealed that Gorospe travelled abroad multiple times from 2000 to 2011 without travel authorities issued in his favor.
So far, RIPS has filed 116 graft and lifestyle cases with the Ombudsman against 157 revenue employees, secured 61 suspensions and 21 dismissals from service.
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