Judy Ann Santos prays seven-year tax evasion case be resolved soon

Judy Ann Santos (in photo) will star with Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro, and Janice de Belen in the Cinemalaya entry titled Mga Mumunting Lihim.


Judy Ann Santos spent time in an ancestral house featuring Spanish style architecture yesterday, February 21, to shoot scenes for the Cinemalaya entry Mga Mumunting Lihim.

Written and directed by Joey Reyes, Juday stars in this drama film with Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro, and Janice de Belen.

The four ladies bring life to four friends who discover that they are harboring secrets about each other.

Eugene Domingo was supposed to be part of the film but due to her hectic schedule, she was replaced by Janice de Belen.

THE DIARY. This marks the first time that Juday will appear in a Cinemalaya entry, which also happens to be the first project of Direk Joey for the said indie film festival that will take place this July.

Juday plays the role of Mariel in the film.

She said about her character, "Hindi naman ako kontrabidang bonggang-bongga, pero tahimik ang character ko na observant at pailalim gumawa ng conclusion tungkol sa mga kaibigan niya.

"May sarili siyang pananaw sa mga kaibigan niya at sinusulat niya iyon sa journal niya.

"Ang mga Pilipino mahilig sa diary, mahilig magkuwento sa mga kaibigan.

"It’s a good movie kasi makaka-relate lahat ng tao.

"Lahat naman tayo may kaibigan at lahat tayo nagkakaroon ng tampuhan sa mga kaibigan natin."

In real life, Juday maintains her own diary.

"Hanggang ngayon may diary ako sa iPad ko... pero hindi siya daily journal. Ako kasi [nagsusulat lang] ’pag masama ang loob ko."

MATTERS OF THE HEART. When it comes to matters of the heart, Juday said with a laugh: "Sa totoong buhay, marami talaga kaming sikreto."

The former host of Junior MasterChef then gave love advice to her co-star Iza Calzado, who broke up with businessman-musician Atticus King last year.

Juday said, "Basta sabi ko kay Iza, love will happen at the most unexpected way, at the most unexpected time, with the most unexpected person.

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"Tingnan mo ako, ending ko sa La Sallista!"

Juday married Ryan Agoncillo, a graduate of De La Salle University-Manila, on April 2009.

When Iza was asked how she celebrated her Valentine’s Day, she admitted that she went out on a date with a non-showbiz guy whom she did not identify.

"Oo naman! Hindi ako patatalo sa inyong lahat," the new Kapamilya star said.

Juday and Iza have worked together in previous movies such as Sabel and Ouija.

Juday was asked how is it like working again with Iza?

"Napakatotoo niya... napaka-pure," said Juday about her co-star who plays her best friend in this movie.

"Wala siyang opinion na masama laban sa ibang tao.

"Nung nagsu-shoot nga kami ng Ouija, may nakikita kaming mga tao at may mga opinion kami. Siya lang ang hindi.

"Sabi ko, ’Bakla, may halo ka na. Wala kang bad bone, ano? Pakpak na ang kasunod niyan, mag-ingat ka, ha.’

"Kasi siya, laging sinasabi, ’Hindi naman [ganun yung tao]. Ang sama n’yo.’"

TAX EVASION CASE. In May 2005, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a tax-evasion case against Juday for allegedly failing to supply correct and accurate information for the taxable year 2002.

The BIR alleged that the actress incurred a P2.714-million tax deficiency in 2002.

Almost seven years later, Juday is still awaiting a resolution to this case.

She admitted, "I’m hoping for the best.

"Hindi mo naman maibabalik ang panahon na wala kang kaso. It’s already there.

"Wala ka nang magagawa kundi pulutan ng magandang aral.

"Ako, naniniwala na nangyayari ang mga bagay dahil may rason. Sadya siyang mangyayari dahil kailangan siyang mangyari sa iyo.

"At the end of it all, ang sisisihin mo lang ang sarili mo, kasi bakit mo hinayaan? Bakit ka nag-trust?

"Pero at the end of the day, bata ka, e. Akala mo tama ang ginagawa mo."

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She later added: "Pinapagsa-Diyos ko na lang... kung matapos, matatapos.

"On the brighter side, sana maging leksiyon ito sa ibang artista na ’wag nila i-allow ang ibang tao to handle their finances.

"Hangga’t maaari, kung ikaw mismo puwede magbayad ng taxes mo, ikaw na para masiguro mo na wala kang natatalunan na taon.

"Yun ang responsibility ng isang batang nagtatrabaho simula eight years old na hindi niya alam na nag-e-exist ang taxes...

"Ang alam mo lang noon gumising, mag-toothbrush, maligo, magpunta sa set, magtrabaho, matulog, gumising."

Juday admitted that she initially got depressed because of the tax-evasion case but she also learned some painful lessons from this experience.

"It’s a very big lesson for me.

"Unang-una, may mga bagets ka na [referring to her children Yohan and Lucho]. Ayaw mo nang tumagal ang kaso na ito.

"Sana may maganda siyang kahinatnan. Kahit kanino puwede itong mangyari, nagkataon lang na [sa akin nangyari].

"Noong una, nade-depress pa ako. Ang dami-daming mas malaking kinikita pero ganun, e!" she said with a laugh.

Juday added, "Alangan namang manisi pa ako ng tao, e, ako ang nandun, e, so ako ang haharap.

"Sana maging leksiyon sa mga kabataan to be responsible."


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