Nanindigan ang kampo ni Richard Gutierrez na walang katotohanan ang alegasyon ng Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
Nitong August 17, lumabas ang balita tungkol sa mga diumano'y pekeng dokumento na isnumite ng aktor para sa kanyang annual Income Tax Returns (ITR) at quarterly Value Added Tax (VAT) Returns sa taong 2012.
Kaugnay ito ng naunang 38.57-million-peso tax evasion case na isinampa ng BIR laban sa La Luna Sangre actor noong April 2017.
Ayon sa BIR, “forged” ang signature ni Renato Agana—ang nakatalang receiving officer sa BIR Revenue District Office (RDO) No. 42 ng San Juan City—sa mga isinumiteng annual ITR at quarterly VAT Returns ni Richard.
Peke rin daw ang “rubber stamp marks” ng BIR sa mga dokumento ng aktor.
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Kahapon, August 18, nakatanggap ang PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ng official statement mula sa legal counsel ni Richard na si Atty. Marie Glen Abraham-Garduque.
Base sa palitan ng SMS/Viber messages at e-mail sa PEP, narito ang bahagi ng pahayag ng abugada:
"We have not received the copy of the complaint yet but based on the news, we heard that BIR filed the complaint because Richard allegedly committed the following acts:
"a. knowingly using and submitting fake or falsified annual income tax return (ITR) for taxable year 2012;
"b. knowingly using/submitting fake or falsified quarterly value-added tax (VAT) returns for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th quarters of 2012;
"c. using/submitting perjured affidavits during the preliminary investigation of his tax case; and
"d. attempting to make it appear he or another has filed his annual ITR and quarterly VAT returns.
"Richard vehemently denies any liability for the foregoing charges."
Nanindigan si Atty. Abraham-Garduque na isinumite umano ng accountant ni Richard na si Teresita Dabu-Lapid, sa RDO No. 42 ng San Juan City noong April 15, 2013, ang ITR ng aktor para sa taong 2012 at VAT returns para sa second, third, at fourth quarter ng 2012.
Hindi rin daw totoo ang alegasyong pineke ni Richard ang kanyang ITR at VAT returns upang ma-dismiss ang kinahaharap niyang tax evasion case.
Paliwanag ni Atty. Abraham-Garduque: “No, that is impossible because those documents are already existing way back 2012 and 2013 in case of the ITR!
“The claim of BIR that those documents were not available in 2012 or 2013 (in case of the ITR) and Richard just made said documents when the case was filed against him, is physically impossible.
“How can Richard for a short period of time prior to the filing of his counter-affidavit make returns for 2012 using a fake stamp bearing the name of the Revenue Officer in said year, with Financial statement signed by the accountant dated April 12, 2013 with the original seal of the accountant in said year?”
Giit ng abugada, kumpleto ang binayarang buwis ni Richard at ng pag-aari nitong kumpanya na R Gutz Production Corp noong taong 2012, at hindi peke ang stamp.
“These all bear the original stamp received by RDO 42 of San Juan.
“The attachments are complete, even the certificates of creditable tax withheld as well as the financial statement of R Gutz signed by Teresita Dabu-Lapid, CPA, attached to the 2012 ITR.
“The certificates and the financial statement likewise bear the original stamp of RDO 42 of San Juan.”
RICHARD'S BIR DOCUMENTS. Narito ang kopya ng 2012 ITR ng R Gutz Production Corp. na nagkakahalaga ng PHP39,915,936. Pirmado ito ni Richard at meron umanong receiving stamp ng BIR:
Atty. Marie Garduque shows copies of R Gutz Production Corp's 2012 ITR with BIR stamp pic.twitter.com/Vbogwu1uOm— Official PEP.ph (@PEPalerts) August 18, 2017
Ipinakita rin ng abugada ang kopya ng financial statement (FS) ni Richard na ginawa ng accountant nitong si Teresita Dabu-Lapid, at may receiving stamp din ng BIR:
Atty. Marie Garduque shows copies of Richard Gutierrez's financial statement/certificate of taxpayer compliance prepped by his accountant. pic.twitter.com/ngggpCgBOy— Official PEP.ph (@PEPalerts) August 18, 2017
Dagdag ni Atty. Abraham-Garduque: “These are the documents which Richard attached to his counter-affidavit to show that contrary to the complaint, he indeed declared his income and filed the necessary returns.”
Nanindigan rin ang abugada na hindi liable si Richard sakaling mapatunayan ang alegasyon ng BIR na forged ang signature ng receiving officer at peke ang stamp ng ahensya sa 2012 ITR ng La Luna Sangre actor.
“Assuming without admitting that the allegation of BIR is correct, Richard should not be liable for that.
“We all know that all celebrities file their taxes through their accountants.
“Thus, it is his accountant who went to BIR and filed said returns with the FS she made for R Gutz.
“His accountant only gave those documents to Richard’s bookkeeper after filing.
“In the worst scenario that said documents were falsified, Richard has no knowledge that the documents he used or submitted are falsified documents.
“Thus, he should not be liable for falsification.”
PERJURY CASE. Inalmahan din ng legal counsel ni Richard ang kasong perjury o pagsisinungaling diumano ng La Luna Sangre actor sa isinumite nitong counter-affidavit sa tax evasion case ng BIR.
“Consequently, the case of perjury should likewise be dismissed because he did not make untruthful statement in his counter-affidavit.
“Moreover, it is an elementary rule in criminal prosecution that said perjury case should be dismissed because the tax evasion case is still pending before the DOJ.”