Graft charges filed vs. Bureau of Customs janitor whose 2006 net worth was over ₱1 million; BIR employee with "shrinking loan" also ch

Manila Standard Today reports that the Department of Finance (DOF) has recently filed graft charges versus two government employees: Joselito Lopena, a utility worker at the Bureau of Customs(BOC) and Mercedes Espina, who’s designated as Revenue Officer II at the Quezon City office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Manila Standard Today reports that the Department of Finance (DOF) has recently filed graft charges versus two government employees: Joselito Lopena, a utility worker at the Bureau of Customs(BOC) and Mercedes Espina, who’s designated as Revenue Officer II at the Quezon City office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

 

In Lopena’s case, the investigators from the DOF’s Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) "discovered that his net worth of ₱592,000 in 2001 shot upward to ₱992,000 the following year without financial liabilities." The report further revealed that Lopena’s net worth "leapt to ₱1.062 million in in 2003." The investigators said: "During this 12-month period, it is doubtful how respondent could have legitimately earned said increase in his net worth when he was only receiving an annual gross salary of ₱60,984."

 

In Espina’s case, RIP investigators pointed out that she "reported in her 2008 SALN a ’liability’ of ₱250,000 from loans owned to various creditors." However, according to the investigators, "records from the Summary of Loan Accounts with the Government Service Insurance System showed that as of August 2011, Espina had secured a salary loan on October 2004 for only ₱52,675 and, based on the same certification, this loan further shrunk to only ₱4,467." RIPS investigators observed: "This presupposes a deliberate intent on the part of respondent to manipulate the entries in her SALNs to conceal her true net worth."

 

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