I was cleared, says ex-BIR man



MANILA, Philippines—Percival Salazar had long retired as an assistant commissioner at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), but he is dogged to this day by cases filed against him that had already been dismissed.

Salazar lamented that up to now online news still carried stories about his being charged before the Ombudsman and the Office of the President (OP) for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

But the cases had been dismissed in 2004 and 2007, he said.

“My relatives know that I had been cleared. But news of the charges are still there. I feel bad. When the charges came out, we were headlined. Our pictures were plastered on the front pages,” said the former commissioner, 73, who spoke with and furnished the Inquirer copies of the resolutions.

Salazar worked at the BIR for 41 years, rising through the ranks to become assistant commissioner, a position he held until he retired in 2004.

In January 2004, the OP, citing lack of evidence, dismissed the charges filed by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism against him for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials.

PCIJ’s complaint stemmed from the alleged failure of Salazar to file a true and detailed statement of assets and liabilities, which should have included references to certain properties in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

In November 2007, the Ombudsman also dismissed the charges against Salazar for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Republic Act No. 1379 and falsification of public documents for lack of probable cause.

The complainant, intelligence officer Napoleon Guerrero of the Department of Finance’s Central Management Information Office, accused Salazar of conniving with his wife and children to conceal four parcels of land whose worth, he claimed, was beyond the official’s income.

Guerrero alleged that Salazar used Phoenix Printing Philippines Inc., in which his wife and children were majority shareholders, as a dummy corporation to conceal the properties.  Salazar denied owning the properties which he said were acquired by the corporation.

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  • BahoPuwet

    there’s not enuff prison cells to house all current & former BIR and Customs workers. Not evidence my butt

  • wilms1963

    almost all…almost all  of bir and customs workers are corrupt…. wala silang pinagka-iba  o baka ng a mas malala pa sila mga pulis na kurakot

  • Yanong_OFW

    matanda na yun..bilang nalang ang araw sa mundo..hayaan nyo na ma enjoy pa nya ang kayamanan nya..hinihintay na sya sa mga ka berks nya sa hell..LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7GRFTNGKLXSCIMETRSN2YZ36EI Ronald

    tatang sana pati conscience nyo ay clear din po

  • JamesBond2

    If a person is cleared, then that’s it. It doesn’t matter whether he is from the B.I.R., other government departments or a private person.

    It’s unfair to say anything bad about a person if you don’t know him or know nothing about the case.

    “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” or  “One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated.”

    Simple ethics like the golden rule.  Hope it doesn’t happen to you what happened to him. 

    • Alajero

      …well said my friend…well said…
      …this is what i meant all along…that’s why i despised the present admin…for maligning people in the press…before they are even accused in court…
      …it just violate common decency…just because some people have access to the right people in the press..

  • eivra23

    tapos na ang kaso… lumulutang lutang iyan kasi PCIJ ang nagkaso…. media… alam ba ninyong napaka-corrupt ng media at garapal… sabi ng kaibigan kong mediaman sa isang press briefing ” ang mga taga-media, kailangan bini-baby” anak ng tinapa, kaya pala kung magtagal sa press briefing naghihitay ng paabot na kung ano ano…. at kung dumating, mas late pa sa mga VIP… makikilamon lang….. hehehe

    • randyaltarejos

      Maaring tama ka. Pero di naman lahat ng media practitioners ay garapal at corrupt. Meron mga ilan dyan na di naman talaga accredited media practitioners pero mahilig mag orbit. An accredited media practitioner is someone who gets more than 50 percent of his income from journalism. But above all, a media man is accredited with International Press Center identification card in Malacanang or is a regular member of the National Press Club of the Philippines and the Union of Journalists of the Philippines.

  • linejohn

    Pasensya ka Lolo? hindi na update ang editorial ng “bogus” media practitioner kulang ang pera pangBLACKMAIL???? At least na clear ng na ang Ex-BIR official pero iyong konsensya niya hindi pa, Sorry Lolo, LOL????  

  • linejohn

    Malapit na kasi ang lenten season magpetitensya (meditation/dasal) kasali inyong bogus/pseudo media???

  • wawa2172

    When damage is done you can no longer fixed it. Na headline na si Lolo sa maling balita, do you think the media will say sorry or compensate him for the the damage done. Not in the Philippines…the president does not even know how to say sorry kahit may namatay na…the Hacienda Luisita Massacre and Luneta Hostage Crises are example.

  • JamesBond2

    For every word we utter,  for everything we say,  we all will be held accountable.

    Matthew 12:35-37 
    35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
    Good morning.  Have a nice day!

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