Ex-PAGCOR coffee concessionaire to be sued

Posted at 05/07/13 3:33 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause to charge the controversial coffee concessionaire of state-owned gaming firm Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Carlota Cristi Tan.

In a 10-page resolution dated April 30 but released to the media only on Tuesday, the DOJ recommended the indictment of Tan, finding "prima facie evidence that [she] failed to supply the correct and accurate information in her income tax returns for the years 2003 and 2004."

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) charged Tan for a total tax liability amounting to P59 million, including surcharges and interests: P16.67 million in 2003, and P39.33 million in 2004.

Tan used to operate the Figaro Coffee Shops in PAGCOR casinos. No less than Pres. Aquino, in his 2011 State of the Nation Address (SONA), chided the PAGCOR coffee fund mess; the President said PAGCOR used to spend P1 billion on coffee alone during the previous administration.

In its complaint the BIR alleged that Tan reported only P16.06 million in her returns for 2003, and P41.88 million for her returns in P41.88 million.

"[W]e find that respondent Tan willfully failed to supply the correct and accurate information with regard to her sales or income," the DOJ resolution read.

The resolution was signed by Senior Asst. State Prosecutor Roseanne Balauag and approved by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Miguel Gudio, Jr., DOJ Task Force on BIR Cases head, and Prosecutor General Claro Arellano.

Tan also faces a separate case for plunder which is yet to be resolved by the DOJ.