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Ex-Samar mayor charged for P1.3-M unremitted tax collections

The ombudsman recommended P70,000 bail bond for each accused in exchange for their provisional liberty. photo

MANILA, Philippines - Former San Sebastian, Samar mayor Arnold Abalos and a former municipal treasurer were charged by the Office of the Ombudsman over their alleged failure to the remit to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) tax collections amounting P1,272,831.63.

Filed before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, the cases against Abalos and former San Sebastian municipal treasurer Virginia Uy, include violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and malversation of public funds under Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code.

Ombudsman's assistant special prosecutor Gidget Rose Duque said that in 2010, the two former officials failed to remit to the BIR tax collections totaling P1,272,831.63 levied from 2008 and 2009 “despite demands.”

Duque said that with their supposed failure to remit the tax collections to the national treasury, Abalos and Uy were deemed to have conspired in “taking or misappropriating” the public funds for their personal benefit “to the damage and prejudice of the government”.

The ombudsman recommended P70,000 bail bond for each accused in exchange for their provisional liberty.

Abalos, Uy and former municipal accountant Pepita Mabini are also facing 40 counts of violation of Republic Act 8291 or the GSIS Act of 1997, filed by the ombudsman in 2014.

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The cases stemmed from Abalos and his two co-accused's alleged failure to remit to GSIS the municipal employees' premium contributions for five years or from 2008 to 2012 totaling P6.8 million

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