Napoles couple given until November 19 to answer tax evasion raps-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
PROSECUTORS at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday gave alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles and her husband Jaime one last chance to refute the tax evasion cases filed against them.
Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edna Valenzuela said in the hearing that the Napoles couple should submit a counter-affidavit on November 19 or else, the case may be up for resolution. The couple snubbed the hearing and sent lawyer Francisco Tolentino on their behalf.
Napoles can subscribe to her counter-affidavit to a prosecutor, who is not a member of three-man panel tasked to evaluate the complaint, since she is currently detained at the Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna over serious illegal detention cases.
"Should they subscribe it before another prosecution office, we will see what will be the view of the complainant (Bureau of Internal Revenue)," said Valenzuela.
Valenzuela dismissed a suggestion to send a prosecutor to the police facility to supervise Napoles' reply to the case to avoid accusations of special treatment.
"We do not see any urgency right now for us to do that. We will be treating them as regular respondents," she told reporters.
The BIR is seeking P44.68 million in unpaid dues from Napoles while her husband has a tax liability amounting to P16.43 million.
In the same hearing, the DOJ asked Napoles’ daughter Jeane to answer the P32.06-million tax evasion case on November 19. Valenzuela said Jeane can subscribe to her counter-affidavit before the Philippine embassy or consular office if she is abroad.
Jeane is reportedly living the high life in the United States, allegedly through millions of taxpayers’ money siphoned off by her mother through ghost projects funded by pork barrel and proceeds from Malampaya gas project in Palawan. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)