By Marisol Bo-oc | 11:07 AM December 05, 2021
Sen. Richard Gordon on Saturday called on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to file tax fraud charges against five motorcycle dealers that allegedly defrauded the government of billions of pesos from their sales of motorcycles.
Gordon, chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee, backed the Department of Finance in endorsing to the BIR the filing of tax fraud charges against dealers Du Ek Sam Inc., Desmark Corp., DES Marketing Inc., Premio Corp. and DES Strong Inc.
“The BIR should lose no time in running after these motorcycle dealers who cheated the government of billions of pesos worth of revenue that could have been used in its pandemic response,” he said.
The complaint against the motorcycle dealers was filed by Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 regional director Victor Emmanuel Caindec.
In its hearings, the Senate committee, based on testimonies by LTO officials, found that the motorcycle dealers have supposedly issued “double invoices containing different invoice numbers, dates, fraudulent misdeclaration of actual place of sale and even total purchase of price” of the motorcycles they sold, Gordon said.
Instead of registering the motorcycles sold on installment basis, dealers retain possession of the registration documents, which allow them to “repossess” the motorcycles and sell them as “demonstration units,” Gordon said.
Caindec has been running after the motorcycle dealers owned by the Du Family after he discovered issues of allegations on delayed registration and non-release of Certificate of Registration of motorcycles in 2019.
He has also filed 10 counts of cyber libel cases against the same dealers for accusing him of demanding P500 for each motorcycle registration from these dealers. w/PR