2 BIR execs charged with bribery

MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) has ordered the filing of charges against two officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) assigned at the Revenue District Office (RDO) 29 in Manila.

Group Supervisor Nora Halamani and Revenue Officer III Abolais Ampa are facing charges of direct bribery and violation of Section 7 (d) of Republic Act No. 6713, or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees”.

In its resolution dated June 30, 2017, the Ombudsman conducted inquest proceedings against the two BIR officials who were entrapped on June 29, 2017 by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents.

According to the complaint, the two respondents demanded PHP400,000 in cash “for the boys” in exchange for approved and signed BIR payment forms.

Halamani and Ampa were tasked to handle the tax liabilities of Dealco Farms, Inc. and demanded the payment of money in exchange for the forms which the taxpayer needed to submit to the bank.

They were arrested by the NBI after receiving the bribe money inside the third floor of the BIR office in Intramuros, Manila.

Halamani received the brown envelope containing the marked money which consisted of four bundles amounting to PHP350,000 and 50 pieces of PHP1,000 bills.

Direct bribery under Article 210 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) is committed by a public officer who accepts the gift in consideration of an act which does not constitute a crime, and the offender executed the act which is connected with the performance of official duties.

Meanwhile, Section 7(d) of RA No. 6713 prohibits public officials from soliciting or accepting, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their regular duties or in connection with any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which may be affected by the functions of their office. Perfecto Raymundo/PNA-northboundasia.com