Ex-PMA president summoned by DOJ over P2.9-M tax case

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2014 01:25 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2014 09:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former Philippine Medical Association (PMA) president, Dr. Leo Olarte, has been summoned by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to respond to the P2.93 million tax evasion case filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Handling prosecutor Asst. Prosecutor Stewart Allan Mariano set the first preliminary investigation hearing on the case on April 28 at 10 a.m.

The BIR complaint alleges that Olarte received income payments totaling close to P5 million from 2006 to 2012, but failed to file any income tax return (ITR) and pay the corresponding taxes for the said years.

Olarte locked horns with BIR Commissioner Kim Henares over the bureau's tax awareness advertisement depicting a tax delinquent doctor causing burden on a taxpaying teacher.

Olarte called on the BIR to file tax evasion cases on doctors who evade payment of taxes instead of resorting to a "shame campaign."