"My conscience is clear," says Mikey Arroyo about his tax evasion case

Interaksyon.com reports that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has found "probable cause" to file a tax evasion case against Ang Galing Pinoy Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo and his wife Angela.

Interaksyon.com reports that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has found "probable cause" to file a tax evasion case against Ang Galing Pinoy Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo and his wife Angela.

 

The party-list congressman-the eldest son of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and current congresswoman of Pampanga’s second district-said: "I always believed in the rule of law and we will face the charges head-on because my conscience is clear. It is just unfortunate that my wife was included despite the fact that we have sufficiently disputed the allegations."

 

The DOJ will file the case against the Arroyos before the Court of Tax Appeals. According to the report, Arroyo will be facing three counts of failure to file income tax returns (ITRs) and three counts of failure to supply correct and accurate information on his ITR. His wife will face seven counts of failure to file ITRs.

 

The BIR had already filed the case against Arroyo and his wife for violating several provisions of the Tax Code, making their tax liability at least P73.85 million inclusive of surcharges and interest. In its complaint, the BIR said that the congressman and his wife bought real and personal properties from 2004 to 2009 but they didn’t file any annual ITR and to pay the corresponding taxes due.

 

These properties include houses (in the U.S., Lubao in Pampanga, and La Vista Subdivision in Quezon City), motor vehicles, stock shares, jewelries, clothes, and other personal effects mentioned in Arroyo's Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of the years 2002 to 2009.

 

Arroyo claimed that he was unfazed by the allegations. He said, "Coming from an administration that has always subjected us to persecution, we have expected it. This administration has not hidden its intent to put us behind bars and this is one of them. In fact, this is part of the President's marching order against our family."

 

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