DOJ panel investigates Napoles tax charges
MANILA - The Department of Justice has designated a panel of investigators to investigate the tax evasion complaint against businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged architect of the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.
Prosecutor General Claro Arellano said the panel is composed of the following: Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edna Valenzuela, Assistant State Prosecutor Stewart Allan Mariano and Prosecution Atty. Mark Roland Estepa.
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares earlier bared that Mrs. Napoles faces charges for “willful attempt to evade or defeat tax for taxable years 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012,” as well as for “deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information in her Income Tax Return (ITR) for taxable years 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009 and with willful failure to file her ITRs for taxable years 2010, 2011, and 2012.”
Mrs. Napoles was charged for a total tax liability amounting to P44.68 million.
Henares said that Napoles’ total acquisitions in 2004 amounted to P4.17 million; P22.29 million in 2006; P4.35 million in 2008; P9.84 million in 2009; P6.33 million in 2010; P5.64 million in 2011; and P6.89 million in 2012.
However, Napoles declared as income only P195,800 in 2004; nothing in 2006; P100,744.59 in 2008; and nothing in 2009; while she did not file any ITR for 2010, 2011, and 2012, Henares added.
Mr. Napoles, meantime, was charged with “deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information in his ITR for taxable year 2009 and with willful failure to file his ITRs for taxable years 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.”
Mr. Napoles was charged for a total tax liability amounting to P16.43 million.
“Information gathered during investigation disclosed that spouses Napoles, during the years 2004 to 2012, were able to purchase and register in their names various real properties, a number of motor vehicles, several insurance policies and club shares,” the BIR said in a fact sheet.
“They also invested millions of pesos in various new corporations. The acquisitions consisted of condominium units in City & Land Mega Plaza and the Discovery Center, parcels of land in Pangasinan and
Kidapawan City, insurance policies with Insular Life Assurance Co., Ltd., Philippine American Life & General Insurance Co., Inc., and Philippine Axa Life Insurance Corp., and vehicles such as Ford Lincoln Navigator, Honda Civic, and Porsche Cayenne,” the BIR added.