Jeane Napoles: Parents own Ritz Carlton condo

Posted at 01/24/2014 7:56 PM | Updated as of 01/24/2014 8:21 PM

MANILA - Janet Lim-Napoles' daughter Jeane is claiming that her parents own the properties she was reported to possess, including a P54.73 million condominium unit at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles.

London Consul General Senen Mangalile on Friday confirmed to the ABS-CBN News Channel that his office notarized the younger Napoles' counter-affidavits on tax evasion charges filed against her by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Napoles' daughter is now apparently in London and said in her counter-affidavits the properties that were being reported as belonging to her were actually owned by her parents, Mangalile said.

The BIR has charged Jeane Napoles with violations of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) for an alleged total tax liability of P32.06 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests, for taxable years 2011 and 2012.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares earlier said Napoles acquired the Ritz Carlton condominium unit in California and has a share, equivalent to P1.49 million, in a Bayambang, Pangasinan property purchased in 2012.

"She, however, did not file any income tax return (ITR) in 2011 and 2012; nor were there any records of returns filed that will prove that gifts, bequests or devices were given to her," Henares said.

"There was no donor's tax or estate tax paid either," she added.

The BIR used the Expenditure Method of Investigation, where Napoles' unreported income was established by comparing the amount of money she spent to purchase the properties and her unreported income.

“The presumption is to be able to buy something worth P54.73 million, she would have earned an income net of taxes of P54.73 million. This is a conservative estimate because hindi pa namin binibilang yung gastos mo para mabuhay ka, kung nagpapa-party ka gabi gabi,” she said.

Henares said Napoles acquired a tax identification number (TIN) with the BIR in 2008, but has not filed any ITR ever since.

Janet Lim Napoles, who has been implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel and Malampaya fund scandal, earlier confirmed that she bought the Ritz Carlton unit in Los Angeles for her daughter as a reward for doing good in school.

She also admitted giving her daughter a Porsche Cayenne and a Porsche Boxster.

The younger Napoles earlier came under fire after her Instagram photos showed expensive cars she received from her parents during her birthday, debut and graduation from college.

The photos also show expensive watches, jewelry, clothing, and shoes.

The BIR has also filed tax evasion charges against Janet Lim Napoles and her husband. - with a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News