Oct 102013
Pork barrel scam whistleblower Marina Sula said her former employer and alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles had connections in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

It went to the point that, Sula claimed in her affidavit, Napoles paid BIR employees to sweep under the rug the audit on the questionable assets of one of Napoles’ dubious corporations, according to a report that aired on “24 Oras” on Thursday.

“I was present when our lawyer, Atty. Rocky Delson, negotiated with BIR officials and paid them to cease auditing JCLN Global Properties Development Corp.’s properties because the corporation had many assets but no sales,” Sula said in her August 2013 affidavit.

Asked to name these BIR officials, Sula said in a separate affidavit that they are three male revenue officers in the BIR’s main office in Quezon City.

“Hindi ko na po matandaan ang mga pangalan nung tatlong lalaking BIR Revenue Officers… Ang natatandaan ko lang ay taga-Investigation Department sila ng BIR National Office [Head Office] sa BIR Road sa Quezon City,” Sula said in her September 2013 affidavit.

BIR chief Kim Henares said they would check on the officers who audited Napoles’ corporations.

“We would check whether there was an audit conducted between those periods and who were the people auditing. And we will question them,” Henares said in the report.

Sula said the JCLN Global Corp. was questioned by the BIR in 2009 and 2010 due to the number of its properties and assets despite having a low paid-up capital of P312,000.

Sula also said she helped falsify the income tax returns (ITR) of JLN Corporation based on how much tax Napoles wanted paid. The ITRs were signed by another whistleblower, Benhur Luy.

“Every year, since 2000, we would falsify JLN’s ITRs. We would indicate the amount of sales based on Mrs. Napoles’ whim to arrive at how much value-added tax and other taxes should be paid monthly,” Sula said.

A former janitress, Sula rose to become the president of one of Napoles’ bogus NGOs, the Masaganang Ani Para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. She said in her affidavit that Napoles’ NGOs used fake receipts while dealing with government agencies.

“Mga pekeng resibo po ang ginagamit sa mga NGOs.. ni Madam Janet Napoles sa kanyang mga transaksyon sa mga implementing government agencies,” she said.

Sula earlier said there was a connection between Napoles and Sandiganbayan presiding justice Gregory Ong, who she said visited Napoles at her office at the Discovery Center in Ortigas.

Napoles is accused of being the mastermind of a scheme in which state funds were funneled them into bogus NGOs. She is now in detention for serious illegal charges.

The National Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice have since filed plunder and malversation charges against Napoles and several public officials. Marc Jayson Cayabyab/BM, GMA News

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