MANILA, Philippines – Television host and actor Ryan Agoncillo heaved a sigh of relief after learning that his wife, actress Judy Ann Santos, has been cleared of tax evasion by the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA).
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In an interview cited by entertainment website Philippine Entertainment Portal, Agoncillo said their family had a little celebration following the court’s decision.
"We did, we did. Right after the acquittal, we had a couple of drinks right after just to let off some steam. It was fun,” he said.
Agoncillo said he is happy that the court absolved Santos in the case, adding that they are ready to settle the tax deficiency ordered by the CTA.
“Walang may gusto ng may kaaway. Walang may gusto ng kaso so whatever needs to be done will be done,” he said.
In her earlier interview with ABS-CBN News, Santos said she welcomes the decision of the CTA.
“Thankful ako na maganda ang bungad ng taon sa akin, daig pa ang Best Actress award. I can finally move on wiith my life. It’s an answered prayer. First of all, nabigyan ko ng peace of mind ang nanay ko,” she said.
Santos said she is ready to pay all her dues and she is also hoping that this ordeal will be over soon.
“Wala naman po akong planong takasan ang kahit anong gustong pabayaran sa akin. Wala po kasing katapat na presyo 'yung peace of mind, 'yung katahimikan ko at ng pamilya ko. Dasal ko na lang po talaga ngayon is sana matapos na talaga ng tuluyan,” she said.
The CTA ordered Santos to pay over P3.4 million for her income tax deficiency for the year 2002, and an additional 20% interest every year as tax penalty and delinquency interest.
The case against Santos stemmed from her alleged inaccurate declaration of income derived from her talent fees and movie and product endorsements for taxable year 2002 in her annual income tax return filed with the Bureau of Internal Revenue.