Regine Tolentino defends herself on SSS complaint

"Sa experience ko sa business throughout the years, not only in showbiz, I've always been a law-abiding citizen," said television host-dancer Regine Tolentino. The Unang Hirit mainstay is currently facing a court complaint submitted by the Social Security System (SSS) for allegedly failing to remit her employees' contributions.

TV personality Regine Tolentino said she's stunned by the court complaint filed recently against her by the Social Security System (SSS) concerning her alleged failure to remit her employees' contributions to the said agency.

The television host-dancer owns the kids clothing boutique Regine's Children's Wear, located in Quezon City.

In a complaint filed by accounts officer Marilyn Gonzales of the SSS Legal Unit to the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office, she mentioned that Regine ignored her previous reminders regarding the matter, prompting her to file the necessary charges against the celebrity entrepreneur for violating SSS Act of 1997.

Gonzales cited in her complaint that Regine failed to submit the contributions of her employees from August 2007 to January 2008 which total P20,950.80.

In an interview with GMA-7's news program 24 Oras, Regine dismissed the allegation, saying that she never recalled receiving any demand letter from the SSS informing her of the problem.

"How could this be that it's already in the level of the court? I have never received any document stating any kind of demand," she said.

The Unang Hirit mainstay likewise denied committing any wrongdoing, stating that she diligently attends to the needs of her staff the same way she meets her responsibility to the government as an entrepreneur.

Accompanied by husband Lander Vera Perez and her accountant, Regine visited the SSS office to clarify the issue by presenting all the documents in her possession.

"I'm certain na kumpleto lahat ng mga documents namin," Regine said.





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