Ex-lawyer of Maguindanao massacre suspect faces P36.9-M tax evasion suit

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File photo of Redemberto Villanueva, a lawyer of former Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, when he filed a memorandum before the Court of Appeals in 2010. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed a P36.93-million tax evasion complaint against a former lawyer of Zaldy Ampatuan, one of the suspects in the Maguindanao massacre case.
Lawyer Redemberto Villanueva is the second Ampatuan lawyer slapped with a tax evasion complaint.

Based on the complaint, Villanueva is facing a case for wilful attempt to evade or defeat tax and for deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information in his Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for taxable years 2010 and 2011.

Investigation by the BIR showed that Villanueva incurred expenditures worth P59.12 million in 2010 and P10.30 million in 2011. His acquisitions in 2010 included a land in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City, worth P58.47 million and a parking space at Eisenhower Condominium in San Juan City worth at P550,000. However, he only paid income tax of P110,788 for 2010.

In 2011, BIR said Villanueva bought an Eastwood Lafayette property worth P2.62 million and a unit at the Eisenhower Condominium in San Juan City worth P2.56 million. He claimed expenses in his ITR worth P5.38 million but paid an income tax worth only P3,743.

The BIR, in its complaint said his income tax liability inclusive of surcharges and interests are P34.41 million in 2010 and P2.52 million in 2011.

Villanueva could not be reached on his mobile phones for comment.

In November 2012, the BIR also filed a tax complaint against Arnel Cortez Manaloto, lawyer for Andal Ampatuan Jr.

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  • kilabot

    naloko na. 
    hirap sila ma-convict mga ampatuans, binalingan mga abugado; 
    genius move.

  • rayingga

    Hindi naman yata nagbabayad ng tamang buwis…. kawawa naman ang mga nasa witholding tax automatic ang bawas kada sahod. BIR may you kindly check yung mga doctors (MD) na nasa private practice walang binibigay na resibo sa mga pasyente.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D4AEDF36EYS2ONEIZQYSZBGRSE Ric

    tama lang yan. sa laki ng binabayad sa kanila ni ampatuan dapat lang magbayad sila ng appropriate income tax. for all you know, di lang yung pinang bayad sa kanila yung questionable kundi pati na rin source ng funds. go deeper into your scrutiny please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/boy.dalius Boy Dalius

    Power put to good use.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Next to be charged are the lawyers of Corona.

    • marionics

      huwag naman si atty. karen jimeno…yum yum he he

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        hmmmmmm. yessssssssss.

  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    The question is, are they really liable? or is this a form of harassment by this administration against those who would go against it?

    If the government cannot get the Ampatuans in one front, get them from another, and what better way than to slap their lawyers with anything and everything under the sun? Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be a strong case, just as long as the lawyers will have something to remember whenever they go against the government.  A case that will probably decided not guilty because of lack of merit, but then the point that ‘this is what you get when you go against the government’ is learned.

  • Rovingmoron

    This is another way of letting the tax evaders know that the government is serious in its quest for more revenue collections. But some quarters will think otherwise.

  • tukmoldinako

    tama yan, tingnan lahat ang mga manggagantsong mga yan, magbayad din sila ng tamang buwis

  • wakats

    The highly-paid lawyers are now being investigated for tax fraud.

    FULL STEAM AHEAD KIM. You’re doing right since your appointment to the BIR but you still have billions to collect – and samples to set to sow fear among tax evaders.  

  • rickysgreyes

    Kim Henares for President. Let’s start sending the tax evaders and smugglers to jail. NO COMPROMISE. I am sick of shouldering the tax burden of our country as a mere salaried employee who gets deductions every month (witholding tax from my salary). While the rich professionals, businessmen who make much more than I do pay a pittance. Worse are the corrupt govt officials. SEND THEM TO JAIL AND SCARE THE FILIPINOS TO START PAYING TAXES HONESTLY.

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