Corona: Persecution continues

Posted at 08/30/2012 12:35 PM | Updated as of 08/30/2012 5:02 PM

Corona admits to taking back waiver on bank accounts

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - Former Chief Justice Renato Corona said he and his family will face head on the tax evasion charges filed today by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), even as he lambasted anew the "persecution" of his family.

In a statement sent to reporters, Corona said: “We have long expected this as we have been exchanging communications with the BIR and have complied with their deadlines. As a man of the law, I will abide by the processes.”

In a separate text message, he admitted to taking back the waiver he signed during his impeachment trial. "I am now a private citizen," he said.

He earlier said the waiver was signed to prove he was not hiding anything as a government official.

Meanwhile, he said he and his daughter Carla and son-in-law Constantino Castillo III will respond to the tax evasion charges accordingly. He said they are already awaiting the service of the subpoena.

“I agree with the observation of many that my family’s persecution continues with the usual media overkill, and that there appears to be an immediate need to divert public attention from certain issues that are becoming too hot to handle,” he said.

“By the grace of God, we will overcome. This too will come to pass,” he added.

The criminal complaint was filed today before the Department of Justice against the Coronas for allegedly failing to file their income tax returns for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010.

Corona alone is allegedly liable for a total tax deficiency of at least P120.5 million.