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BIR now monitoring non tax-paying DavNor, Comval politicians

Posted in RDO Manuel Trias Jr with tags on November 4, 2010 by cha monforte

sept 2-8, 2010

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

The Bureau of Internal Revenue office in Tagum City covering Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley provinces is now on the process of monitoring who are those May 10, 2010 candidates who have not yet paid the five-percent withholding and value-added taxes taxes chargeable against their campaign expenditures in the last polls.

“We are now monitoring them based on the information we have although we’re still waiting for the Comelec’s list,” said Daisy Franco, assistant revenue district officer of the BIR revenue district office 112 based in Capitol complex, Mankilam, Tagum City.

She added that the monitoring is being done by BIR-RDO 112’s collections agents assigned in the two provinces.

But it would seem that the local BIR’s efforts are being snagged by the continued failure of Commission on Elections provincial offices to furnish BIR-RDO 112 with official list of the statements of election contributions and expenditures of the candidates of the last May 10 polls.

Earlier, BIR 112 district revenue officer Manuel Trias Jr said that they were waiting for the Comelec’s list so they could commence actions in pursuing non-tax paying candidates, both winners and losers, for them to pay  the 5-percent withholding tax and 12-percent value-added tax that should be levied against their actual election expenditures.

He said he had already requested the Comelec for it over a month ago.

He also earlier said that the BIR would pursue those who have not yet paid the taxes and those who understated their election expenditures vis-a-vis the actual expenditures assessed by the BIR.

The BIR would conduct a sort of probe on the candidates’ expenditures by comparing the statements of contributions and expenditures they submitted to the Comelec against the actual payments that went to their suppliers of election materials and services such  expenses in the printing press.

If found out to be understated, Trias said, the BIR would then bill the concerned candidates regadless whether they won or they lost in the last polls.

The BIR was again implementing last election its tax laws and rules covered by the “Iboto Mo” tax collection campaign where candidates have to pay and remit 5-percent withholding taxes and 12-percent Value Added Tax (VAT) levied to their campaign expenditures.

In the “Iboto Mo” tax rules, candidates are deputized to be collection agents and therefore directed to deduct and retain the taxes due to the government in their election expenditures and remit these to the BIR after the polls.

In the first week of last July, BIR 112 released to this paper official figures indicating that only 221 poll candidates have paid the 5-percent withholding taxes. Their combined payments grossed P649,456.10.

In the BIR list, a few poll winners were mentioned to have already paid their 5-percent withholding taxes including Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario who paid the highest with his P60,220 and his son District 1 Cong. Anthony del Rosario who separately paid P27,112.05 and P3,307.

In terms of places, Tagum City paid the highest with a gross of P120,537.59 from still candidates in the area who paid the taxes. On the other hand, Mabini town of Comval paid the lowest with a gross of P2,829.20. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

OPINION: Hacked conspiracy theory on automated elections

Posted in emily alvarez, RDO Manuel Trias Jr with tags , on January 25, 2010 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

jan 13

Still, until this writing Emily Alvarez, better half of former DOTC Secretary and former Congressman Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, is largely absent in the district where she is running for congresswoman- District 1 of Davao del Norte. We’ve not even seen her own Christmas greetings in tarpaulins hanged along streets. We’ve heard that the ex-Secretary, partially known of the Piatco scandal, met with political leaders in Davao City over the weekend purposely to map out plans for Manny Villar’s candidacy as Alvarez is reportedly one of Villar’s Mindanao coordinators. Maybe Emily’s running is yet to take off soonest as my source said “sa half of February na” that we’ll expect visibility of Emily who is running against the governor’s son Anthony Rafael del Rosario (AGR).  This stance is asking for the moon. We know that AGR has long been promoting himself in provincial mass gatherings and over the media including running an infomecial over the most influential TV station in the region, the ABS-CBN Davao. Winning in the polls requires long exposure in public, and the Alvarezes should not expect miracle to happen within the limited 50 or so days before the election day.


There’s this little secret talk from a friend working in one of the Malacanang offices and now there’s this conspiracy theory on the computerization of the coming May elections. The theory, I guess, is that software program for the automated election has already been programmed by Malacanang computer hacks. The imbedded program, running through the computer hardware and CPUs, would do tallies of results with number of votes intended to win favored candidates automatically mixing and canceling out votes in dagdag-bawas manner with the true votes before results are relayed to the central hub for the municipal, provincial or national level of counts, or dagdag-bawas occurs right at the tallying central hubs. Now shaded votes can no longer be watched, counted and monitored at the voter’s level as there’s no more manual tallying. Shaded votes for varying candidates are automatically read and distributed to separate tallies, while there’s no more human counting and watchers are eliminated in the automated polls. The results would be tilted to the favored candidate with veneer of credibility as dagdag-bawas are programmed not to give suspicious margins or overpadded votes. I hope that Macalanang computer nerd was just joking. Time now for the civil society and progressive-minded IT savvies to move on the make sleuthing about this. We hope this is false, given that most of the electorate are computer-illiterate and most of the youth especially those in the provinces where they abound are IT newbies. If such hacked program is true and uncovered before the polls or at a time when votes are still being counted and tallied in matter of days, another election scandal will blow over us and that’s a recipe of national chaos and the scenario of failure of election. Surely, PGMA will smile if that happens.


There’s no truth to the nasty rumor that the current BIR re-shuffling of revenue district officers (RDOs) nationwide was inspired by Malacanang for fund-raising purpose in view of the coming May elections. “Some RDOs are promoted, some maybe have not performed in relation to their revenue collection targets,” that resulted to the domino-like reshuffling of RDOs, said Manuel Trias Jr, the new RDO of BIR 112 serving Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley provinces. He replaced RDO Ester Palala who was re-assigned to RDO 98 in Cagayan de Oro City. Trias came from RDO 114 in Mati, Davao Oriental, which he said was his first assignment as an RDO after his stint at RDO in  Makati City . He said that his Mati assignment was a promotion but a “demotion in place of assignment”. He served Mati for nine months until the recent re-shuffling. Trias, in mid 40s, said that always there’s a challenge in each new assignment. We knew though that a previous RDO (not Palala) once left BIR Tagum with a heavy heart, with parting words: “wa man gud koy lakas sa mga politiko”. Until now we are still guessing who were those politikos? The national or local ones?


BLOGS AND BITS: A Compostela Valley mayor earlier declared he would be making a “vote for one” for his brother running for a boardmember’s post. But recent survey results bared that his brother was not within the Top 5 choices for boardmembers. Just a logical move…. Davao del Norte ex-boardmember Shirley Aala, while a candidate for boardmember now, will actively campaign for her son Bong Aala who is running for councilor in Tagum City . Maybe she knows too well of the councilor’s mandate deserted by her son when he went to Japan and forgot to return until last year. The Tagum people know of the son’s mandate desertion too well (e-mail: