BIR investigates Comelec's Bautista, wife


Posted at Aug 16 2017 01:25 PM

MANILA - The Bureau of Internal Revenue has formed a special team to investigate Commission on Election Commissioner Andres Bautista and his wife amid allegations that he concealed P1 billion in assets, according to documents obtained by ABS-CBN News Wednesday. 

In a letter dated August 15, Tuesday, BIR Commissioner Caeser Dulay said the special team will look into Bautista's possible violation of the National Internal Revenue Code. 

The investigation, Dulay said, covers Bautista's wife Patricia, Atty. Nilo T. Divina, the Divina Law Firm, and the Luzon Development Bank (LDB). 

Dulay asked Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre to help tax investigators by furnishing them with affidavits and other relevant documents. 

Dulay's letter was an apparent response to a directive by Aguirre to investigate the Comelec chief. 

Patricia earlier claimed that Andres has 35 accounts at the LDB which were allegedly not included in his 2016 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth. 

She also alleged that her husband of 17 years accepted commissions for referring clients to the Divina Law Firm. 

Bautista has denied the charges and accused his estranged spouse of engaging in a demolition job

The Divina Law Firm, meawhile, said it would not issue a statement regarding the issue but would be preparing legal actions.