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BIR employees face NBI extortion raps

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by Allan Yves Briones

Four Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) employees are facing charges from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for allegedly extorting P75 million from a taxpaying company.

NBI Director Dante Gierran tagged 4 employees of the Revenue District Office of Pasig City: Alfredo Pagdilao Jr., Agripina Vallestero, Rufo Ranario and Michelle Dela Torre.

In the charges, all four are accused of violating the Anti-Plunder Law, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and for robbery through intimidation.

According to Gierran, these BIR personnel were indicted in the aftermath of a joint entrapment operation between the NBI and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) last July 20.

Gierran explained that, according to a complaint by the PACC, the suspects were dishonestly trying to collect on P1.6 billion in taxes from the company. To their downfall, it has conducted its own internal audit.

“[T]he company was able to reconcile and substantiate the said tax deficiencies,” the NBI said. “However, the BIR officers refused to acknowledge the same and insisted that the company should pay P160 million, otherwise, they will enforce the entire deficiencies.”

In the joint operation, a PACC official worked undercover as a company executive, monitored by the NBI, promising the payment of the alleged “unpaid taxes.”

Pagdilao and Vallestero were arrested, while a search is still underway for Ranario and Dela Torre.

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