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Taxman joins investigation binge on Andy Bautista’s hidden wealth

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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Sunday said that Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) would join the ongoing probe on Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista’s alleged undeclared wealth.

“The BIR wants to partner with us in this investigation. We need to see if there are tax liabilities based on the affidavit and documents we have gathered,” said Aguirre.

Aguirre met with BIR Commissioner Cesar Dulay on Sunday as they discussed the parameters of the investigation and sharing of documents and findings with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Aguirre said the BIR chief will issue a letter of authority to Bautista and others mentioned in Patricia’s affidavit.

The DoJ Secretary said that Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez has been informed about the letter.

In her affidavit, Patricia Paz said she discovered a number of assets that were not listed in Bautista’s statement of assets, liabilities and net worth worth over P1 billion.

Bautista declared a net worth of P176.3 million in his SALN.