Palace: No settlement with Corona on tax evasion case

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 30 2012 02:20 PM | Updated as of Aug 31 2012 03:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang is closing the possibility of entering into a settlement with former Chief Justice Renato Corona over the tax evasion case filed against him.

The Palace said there is enough evidence against Corona to warrant the filing of charges.

“Naging isyu na po noon iyan e, kung kailangan ba mag-amnesty. Ang posisyon po ng gobyerno is let’s file the tax evasion case to set examples talaga because this is the only administration that has consistently filed tax evasion cases against personalities, individuals who under-declare their income. So this is an ongoing policy po ng ating administrasyon,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

“This is our commitment to plugging the leakages in the tax administration system. This is not something extraordinary. It just so happens that the personality involved is the former Chief Justice. Like we said, every other week, the BIR files a tax evasion case against personalities.”