Former PCSO exec faces tax evasion raps

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2011 12:04 PM | Updated as of Jul 08 2011 12:52 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed before the Department of Justice a tax evasion complaint against the former public relations manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

The BIR said Manuel Garcia is facing five counts of willful attempt to evade taxes and five counts of willful failure to supply correct and accurate information in his income tax returns for years 2006 to 2010.

Investigation by the BIR showed Garcia understated his gross taxable income by more than 30% or by P29.02 million during the said period.

Garcia, who was manager of the Public Relations and Publicity Department of PCSO from 2001 until 2010, was assessed with total tax deficiency of P18.91 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

The case against Garcia stemmed from graft charges filed against him by two television block timers -- Alexander Quisumbing and Ludovico Yuseco -- before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Quisumbing and Yuseco claimed that Garcia raked in millions of pesos in kickbacks from PCSO ad placements on radio, television and newspapers.

The BIR's complaint against Garcia was the 55th filed under the Run After Tax Evaders or RATE program of the Aquino administration.