13 Finance execs ordered sacked

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MANILA, Philippines—Thirteen officials and employees of the Department of Finance were ordered dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday after it found them guilty of defrauding the government of P82 million in staging the so-called tax-credit scam in the 1990s.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found guilty of grave misconduct former Finance Undersecretary and One-Stop Shop Inter-Agency Tax Credit and Duty Drawback Center (Center) OIC-Administrator Antonio Belicena, former Deputy Administrator Uldarico Andutan Jr., reviewers Rowena Malonzo and Asuncion Magdaet, evaluators Gemma Ortiz-Abarra, Annabelle Diño, Emelita Tizon, Purita Napenas, Charmelle Recoter, Melrose Tordesillas, Gregoria Cuento-Evangelio, Mark Binsol, Cherry Gomez and Sylviana Daguimol.

Morales said the 13 people should be dismissed from government service, with accessory penalties of cancelation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification from reemployment in the government service.

The Ombudsman’s decision stemmed from the complaint of Special Presidential Task Force 156 alleging anomalous issuances of 110 tax-credit certificates (TCCs) to Integrated Multi Cotton Mills Inc. (IMCMI) by the DOF amounting to P82,519,235.

According to the Office of the Ombudsman, the TCCs used by IMCMI and approved by the finance officials were obtained using fake documents.

The TCCs were also transferred to various corporations such as Wise & Co., Bush Boake Allen Phils., Filsyn Corporation, Hi-Lon Manufacturing Co., Canlubang Spinning Mills, Pacific Mills Inc., Golden Dragon Textile Mills Inc., First Unity Textile, Padoson Stainless Steel, Pacific Mills and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, the Ombudsman said.

In another decision, Morales also recommended the filing of graft charges against former officials of the Center for the anomalous issuance of TCCs amounting to P74.84 million.

Former OIC Raul de Vera was ordered charged with violating antigraft and corruption laws and estafa (fraud). Those also included in the Ombudsman’s indictment were former senior tax specialist Brandy Marzan, senior tax specialist Rosanna Diala, tax specialist/evaluator Gregoria Cuento-Evangelio, comptroller Reynaldo Maghirang, reviewer Asuncion Magdaet and Evaluator Purita Napenas.

Also ordered charged with estafa were private respondents Honorato Lacsina (president of Liberty Transport Inc.), Joseph Cabotaje, Ramon Rodriguez (president of R.A. Rodriguez Bus Line), Candido Potenciano (president of the Batangas Laguna Tayabas Bus Company), Joselito Tengco (manager of Baliwag Transit Inc.), three counts each; Henry Tumala, (president of Lamborghini Transit Inc.), Charles Uy, Ma Uy Yu, Yu Chin Tong and Emerito Guballa (all officers or employees of Nikko Textile Mills Inc.).

Morales said the respondents issued 20 TCCs amounting to P74.84 million using spurious documents. The credits were given to BLTBC, Baliwag Transit, Rodriguez Bus Line, Liberty Transport, Lamborghini Transit and Nikko Textile.

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  • UrHONOR

    A ng P, pag napatunayang GUILTY ang mga yan, isama sa isla ni pandque kasama ang lahat ng mga MMM para pagdusahin sila sa pagsasamantala sa bayan sa pamamagitan ng pwesto nila.  At HUWAG KALIMUTANG isama ang dating pinuno, ulo, o head nila na siya ang unang-unang dapat na managot dahil sa command responsibility in cases of omission and commission in a civilian setting.

  • ordinariopoako

    gaano katagal naman kaya aabutin ang kaso bago magkaroon ng resulta ? ? ?
    kaya malakas ang loob ng mga taong gobyerno na gumawa ng kalokohan ay maraming butas ang batas , samantalang kaming mahihirap pag sahod ay may bawas na agad na tax , kung sino pa ang mayayaman ay sila ang gumagawa ng paraan para umiwas sa tax , due to technicalities ay ma-aacquit ang mga iyan ,,mayayaman kasi at kayang suhulan ang mga dapat suhulan ! ! !

  • remario58

    The recommendation of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales for this 13 salot sa bayan is good only if they be put in jail, yes tama ka “ordinariopoako” how long will it take bago maparusahan ang mga ito. O baka matulad lang ito sa ibang mga kaso na walang resulta, no ningas kugon please. sawa na kami jan, parusahan ang dapat parusahan. 

  • kismaytami

    Guys, take note of the name of these companies, especially the bus companies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Cambeo/100002542976478 Alex Cambeo

    1990s pa to……

  • indiots

    marami ka pang dapat parusahan madame carpio-morales.

    sana pagadating kay corona ganoon pa rin.

    kaya naman may doubt ay ang mrs. ng bonzai expert na si mr. demetrio corona vicente ay isang morales at isa n’yong malapit na kabagang.

    anyway we salute you madame.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KYHQOFE6JOGLCZNCCWDWK6GE6U Pauline

    sa daming tinambak ni mercedita sa ombudsman marami ka pang paparusahan carpio-morales

    good luck

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