Corona daughter, in-law again urge DOJ to junk tax raps

Posted at 11/16/12 3:00 PM

MANILA - The daughter and son-in-law of former Chief Justice Renato Corona again appeared at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday for the continuation of the hearing on their tax evasion case.

Carla Corona Castillo and husband, Dr. Constantino Castillo III, submitted and personally subscribed to their rejoinder affidavits that reiterated their denial of the P9.93 million and P20.25 million tax evasion charges, respectively.

Both urged the panel of prosecutors to junk the complaints against them for lack of probable cause. They claimed that complainant Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) failed to present enough evidence to prove their alleged tax deficiencies.

For its part, the BIR asked for more time to submit its reply on the counter-affidavit of former Chief Justice Corona, also a respondent in the case. The panel gave the BIR until Nov. 26, the date for the next hearing, to submit its reply.

Corona was assessed a P120.5 million tax liability. In his counter-affidavit, he flatly denied the charges.