Parañaque treasurer charged with graft for reducing condo taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By: Vince F. Nonato
29 December 2016
MANILA — State prosecutors have formally charged a Parañaque City
treasurer with reducing the property tax of a condominium association
despite its supposed failure to comply with amnesty requirements.
Anthony Pulmano, officer-in-charge of the Parañaque city treasurer’s
office, faces a case before the Sandiganbayan for violation of Section
3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
The case arose from the reduction of the real property tax delinquency
liability of the Chevy Chase Condominium Owners Association, Inc. to
P4.05 million, from the original amount of P12.89 million.
Pulmano allegedly allowed Chevy Chase to avail of the benefits of a tax
amnesty program for delinquent property owners under the Parañaque City
Ordinance No. 13-08, series of 2013.
This was despite “knowing fully well that Chevy Chase failed to comply
with the requirements of the Ordinance,” according to the charge sheet
signed by Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Luicelo Ramirez,
The case information stated that Chevy Chase paid its RPT deficiency
beyond the period provided by the ordinance. The reduction of its taxes
caused “undue injury to the government” in violation of the graft law,
the prosecution alleged.
A bail of P30,000 was recommended against Pulmano. City Councilor
Maritess de Asis will serve as one of the prosecution witnesses.
The case was raffled off to the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division.
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