Saturday, September 15. 2012
MANILA The Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) of the Department of Finance (DOF) has formally charged two of its officials for graft and corruption on account of alleged misleading information in their respective sworn Statements of Assets and Liabilities Net Worth (SALNs) at the Office of the Ombudsman Friday.
RIPS, the DOFs anti-corruption unit, identified the respondents as Jose Paras Dimatulac, Customs Operations Officer lll, Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Noviemae B. Sibbaluca-Singson, Revenue Officer l, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
In its 11-page complaint against Dimatulac, RIPS alleged that the BOC official provided some illusory information in his SALNs particularly on real and personal properties.
RIPS claims that it uncovered Dimatulac, in a probe, to have wrongly declared in his SALNs for the years 2001 to 2010 the acquisition of his house and lot in Paranque City in 1992 through installments. It said, the real property was actually a subject of a Deed of Donation from Spouses Artemio and Lucia Diaz on June 10, 1992.
Dimatulac, a native of San Fernando, Pampanga, also declared in his SALNs that he acquired a residential lot in Pampanga sometime in 2003 through inheritance. But his claim were reportedly contradicted by certifications issued by the citys treasurers office of San Fernando on May 30, 2012 and by the Provincial Assessors Office of Pampanga issued on August 15, 2012.
The RIPS also alleged that Dimatulac did not include his wifes one-story commercial building located along Ninoy Aquino Avenue, La Huerta, Paranaque City in his SALNs, but Tax Declaration No. E-005-02108 clearly shows that Maria S. Dimatulac, the BOCs official legal wife, is its owner who also paid real estate taxes for said property based on Official Receipt No. 27747962-P issued by the Paranaque City Treasurers Office.
The anti-corruption unit further charged that in his 2001 to 2008 SALNs, Dimatulac claimed he purchased a unit of Toyota Corolla XL on installment basis for P409,000 in 1995 and sold it for P150,000 as reflected in his 2009 SALN, thus he did not include it in the list of his properties in his subsequent SALNs. But the Motor Vehicle Inquiry Detail No. 1380-00000110934 issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Diliman District Office, identified Dimatulac as still the allege car owner.
The RIPS also questioned Dimatulacs apparent lack of necessary educational qualifications for the Customs Operations Officer lll position which requires a college degree based on BOCs Position Description form.
RIPS based its claim allegedly from an official letter of the Registrars Office of the Mapua Institute of Technology dated April 20, 2012 that reads: Mr. Jose P. Dimatulac was in attendance in this Institute during the 1st semester, 1965 1966 up to 1stsemester, 1974 1975 as a 5th year Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in the School of MME.
Taking into consideration these ineluctable facts, it cannot be gainsaid that respondents duplicity with regard to his qualifications for the position of Customs Operations Officer III caused undue prejudice to the government, as the appointment of another candidate who possesses the requisite qualifications is more preferable and proper under the circumstances, RIPS stated in its complaint.
RIPS also bared to have discovered alleged serious inconsistencies in Revenue Officer Singsons SALNs, especially in relation to her sworn declaration that she has three parcels of land located in Cagayan Province; which in a probe, it was uncovered that she has four properties registered under her name, all located in Dodan, Peñablanca, Cagayan, consisting of two cornlands, a fruitland, and a residential lot.
In Singsons 2010 and 2011 SALNs, she claimed to have acquired a property thru sale of a conjugal house and lot in Manila for nine hundred thousand pesos P900,000. RIPS claimed a concerned citizen, through the Pera ng Bayan website, furnished the DOF a copy of the Contract to Sell referring to the same property actually priced at P3.4-million.
In its complaint, RIPS claimed that the Contract to Sell was executed on March 31, 2009 between Global Lands Develop & Invest Corporation and Spouses Michael and Noviemae S. Singson that involve a 71 square meter town house identified as Unit 7 and located at157 J. Ruiz St. San Juan, Metro Manila.
It also claimed that based on the contract, spouses Singson spent P50,000 as reservation fee and paid five equal monthly installments of P340,000 from March 31, 2009 to July 31, 2009, or a total of P1,700,000. The remaining balance P1,650,000 was payable through bank financing scheme.
RIPS said, shortly after, the same property was conveyed to Spouses Singson by virtue of a Deed of Absolute Sale on August 17, 2009 for only P900,000.00.
RIPS stated in its complaint, It is interesting to note the disparity between the purchase price of the subject property as stated in the March 31, 2009 Contract to Sell which is P3.4 million and the purchase price thereof as stated in the August 17, 2009 Deed of Absolute Sale which is P900,000.00 only.
Hence, it can only be surmised that the parties thereto undervalued the subject property when they executed the August 17, 2009 Deed of Absolute Sale in order to conceal the true value of their networth and to evade the payment of correct taxes.
It is curious how respondent and her husband were able to pay P340,000 per month from March 31 2009 to 31 July 2009 for the subject property when during said period, respondents gross annual salary ranged only from P156,792 to P173,796.
It bears to emphasize that respondent has no other source of income or business interest and financial connection except for the income of her husband who works as a Medical Technologist at Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.
Suffice it to state, respondent and her husband acquired the subject property using money from unexplained sources considering that their combined income would not compensate for the installment payments thereof.
RIPS charged Singson to have allegedly deferred the declaration of some properties in her 2010 and 2011 SALNs, consisting of a 2009 house and lot in J. Ruiz St., Salapan, San Juan, Manila; a 2009 parcel of land in Cagayan; and a residential house and lot in the same province, both allegedly acquired through gratuitous transfer in 2005 and 2007, respectively. The P1.7 million real estate mortgage on the San Juan realty incurred in 2009 was also belatedly reported by Singson in her SALNs for 2010 and 2011.
Indicators of illegally-acquired gains also cropped up during RIPSs investigation against Singson, the complaint states.
RIPS observed in its complaint: Respondent, dubiously, was able to acquire several valuable properties despite her modest income during her tenure in government service. Be it noted that it is only in 2008 that respondent got married, her husband is also a government employee and they do not have any other source of income, business interest or financial connection.
Supporting records obtained by RIPS during its investigation exposed Singsons excessive purchases of jewelry, appliances, furniture, real properties, and other investments for various years since her appointment at the BIR in 2004.
Singson also failed to secure the requisite Travel Authority as certified by the DOF Central Records Management Division dated 5 July 2012.
RIPS claimed that the travel information on Singson revealed that her family was abroad from December 23 to 27, 2010 as confirmed by the Bureau of Immigration in its Certification dated July 25, 2012.
The anti-corruption unit of the DOF has sought for the preventive suspension on Dimatulac and Singson pending preliminary investigation of the complaints against them with the Office of the Ombudsman under Republic Act 6770.
So far, RIPS has filed 124 cases against 165 individuals and secured 62 suspensions from office and 21 dismissals from the service against the officials and employees of its attached bureaus and agencies. (PNA)