BIR files reply in Corona tax evasion case

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 26 2012 12:51 PM | Updated as of Nov 26 2012 08:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed its reply-affidavit to the counter-affidavit of former Chief Justice Renato Corona in the tax evasion case hearing against the former chief magistrate at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday.

In the 34-page reply-affidavit, the BIR stood pat on its P120.5 million computation of Corona's alleged income tax deficiency, and on its valuation based on acquisition cost of his properties.

The BIR also filed a rejoinder in connection with the charges against Corona's daughter, Carla, and son-in-law, Dr. Constantino Castillo III.

Carla was assessed an income tax liability allegedly amounting to P9.93 million, while Constantino III was assessed a liability of P20.25 million.

The DOJ has set the next hearing on Dec. 18 and required Corona to attend after his lawyer manifested the former Chief Justice's intent to file a rejoinder to the BIR's reply-affidavit.