Palace supports seizure of Ligots' properties

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 02 2011 03:28 PM | Updated as of Nov 03 2011 02:34 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang backs the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) plan to seize the properties of former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot and his wife, Erlinda, to recover taxes they allegedly owe the government.

In a statement, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said, “We are fully supportive of the BIR’s plan to avail of all legal remedies provided under the law to ensure that the government collects all rightful taxes due.”

On Wednesday, the couple appeared before the Court of Tax Appeals and posted P150,000 bail in connection with the tax evasion charges against them.

This after the Philippine National Police failed to arrest them last month on the basis of warrants of arrest issued by the CTA on Sept. 28.

The Ligots were assessed a total tax deficiency of over P153 million, exclusive of interest and penalty charges, for taxable year 2003. The couple are facing four tax evasion raps at the CTA.