P213M tax case filed vs trader

May 16, 2019

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue yesterday lodged a P213-million tax evasion case against a Tacloban-based businessman after authorities raided his warehouse that yielded thousands of cigarette packs with fake revenue stamps.

Charged before the Department of Justice was Paul Cartel Radam, of Paul Radam Realty and PR Petron Filling Stations in Tacloban City.

The case stemmed after agents from the National Bureau of Investigation raided Radam’s warehouse in Barangay Nula-Tula, and seized more than 1,200 master cases or about 60,000 cartons of cigarettes with counterfeit revenue stamps, a violation of Sections 263 and 265 of the Tax Code.

“As a consequence of the criminal act, the accused evaded payment of correct tax and is liable to pay an aggregate deficiency excise in the total amount of P213 million, inclusive of increments,” the BIR stated.  

Meanwhile, the BIR also filed a separate tax evasion suit against the operator of a security agency for her alleged refusal to settle taxes amounting to P17 million.

The respondent was identified as Anne Gil Rachel Labao, proprietress of San Miguel Protective Security in Iligan City.

In a complaint filed before the Department of Justice, the BIR disclosed that Labao was served with several tax collection notices for taxable years 2010-2011, which she allegedly ignored.