MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Canine Club Inc. (PCCI) denied on Tuesday that it intentionally evaded paying its taxes from 2006 to 2011, saying it had a tax exemption certificate issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
"To set the records straight, I would like to state the club never intended to evade payment of taxes," club president Augusto Santos III said in a statement.
Santos said the certificate of tax exemption was revoked by the BIR in 2013, which prompted the club to comply with its tax duties since then.
“By the revocation of its tax exemption, the Club has endeavored to abide by the circular and comply with its tax obligations,” he said.
Santos also clarified that PCCI, the country's first dog registration body, has been transparent in its books and completed submission of documentary requirements to the BIR as part of the investigation.
“The filing of the criminal case against the club and certain officers may have been precipitate, if not uncalled for,” said Santos.
The BIR has filed a criminal complaint against PCCI and key officers for allegedly evading taxes amounting to P68 million.
Aside from Santos, charges were also filed against Ronnie Natividad, Bernardito Jalandoni Repaldor, Danny Ramillano, Jonny Filart, and Emmanuel Santos.
PCCI is a local firm that aims to advance the study, breeding, exhibiting, running and maintenance of purebred dogs through the maintenance of a registry.