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Tax story presents wrong picture

/ 12:19 AM July 31, 2012

This has reference to the front-page news story by Ronnel W. Domingo regarding the filing by the Department of Finance’s antigraft body of cases against six Bureau of Internal Revenue officials with the Office of the Ombudsman and the Civil Service Commission (CSC), in connection with their assets and liabilities (“6 BIR officials face raps over SALN,” Inquirer, 7/13/12).

The report says this is the first time the DOF’s Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) has filed administrative and criminal charges before the CSC, and it mentions me as one of the respondents.

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For the information of RIPS, I have submitted my SALN for 2010 and it is duly stamped received by our office. I just do not know where RIPS got the false information that I have not submitted my SALN.

May I also request the reporter to please verify with caution any information he gets from any source before he files a report based on it, because not everybody has a full picture of every issue.

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—ELEODORO C. AVISADO,

Bureau of Internal

Revenue-Legazpi

Official information that government bodies issue is accepted as a legitimate source of news. As mentioned in the report, RIPS cited records from the CSC and the Office of the Ombudsman as bases for its complaints.

—RONNEL W. DOMINGO,

reporter, Inquirer

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