BIR official sued for questionable wealth


Posted at Jul 18 2011 12:25 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2011 08:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Finance department has filed graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officer for her unexplained wealth.

Elenita Quimosing, chief revenue district officer IV of the BIR, acquired millions of pesos worth of assets despite her modest earnings, investigation by the Department of Finance-Revenue Integrity Protection Service showed.

Based on records, the DOF-RIPS said Quimosing and her husband had a total net worth of P76,600 before 1980 when she amassed a portfolio of exclusive real estate properties worth an estimated P25 million.

“…it is suspecting how the respondent, given her financial standing, could afford to purchase such an impressive portfolio of valuable real estate holdings,” the DOF-RIPS said in its complaint.

The DOF-RIPS also accused Quimosing, whose gross annual salary was only P471.252, of falsifying her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.

The agency said the respondent failed to declare "improvements" she made on one of her properties in San Juan, Metro Manila. She also made “false and perjurious declarations” of an apartment in Cubao, Quezon City, and four high-end vehicles with an aggregate estimated amount of P5 million.

Moreover, the DOF-RIPS said the Quimosing couple travelled numerous times to Hong Kong and Singapore, which "entailed spending thousands of dollars," without the necessary travel authority provided under law.

Quimosing may face suspension while investigation is ongoing.

At present, the DOF-RIPS has already filed a total of 86 cases against 126 public officials, 51 of whom were suspended while 19 were already dismissed from service.