BIR exposes anomalies at Register of Deeds-Pangasinan

October 3, 2011 at 6:39 am 2 comments

Alleged tax falsifier Maria Carla Cacapit of the Register of Deeds-Pangasinan, in a tv grab, after her arrest recently in Lingayen

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ALAMINOS CITY-Assistant Revenue District OfficerElmer Carolino, assisted by the Criminal Investigation District Group(CIDG), arrested Maria Carla Cacapit, administrative aide of the RD in the town of Lingayen, after an entrapment operation showed she was involved in issuing fake Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR).

(The CAR is issued when the seller or transferor of a real property tax (RPT) pays the BIR through an Estate Tax or Capital Gain Tax and Documentary Tax before the RD (Register of Deeds) gives the new land title to the buyer or recipient.)
Carolino said Cacapit was found in possession of a fake CAR after a land buyer poseur from the BIR paid Cacapit P280,000 for a CAR in a multi-million pesos of sale of land in Bani, Pangasinan.
Cacapit was charged with complex crime of estafa with falsification of private document with an imprisonment of up to 22 years, according to Carolino.
Carolino said that he accidentally stumbled on this case after she saw one Nelia F. Doria of Dagupan City, carrying a CAR.
He said that at first glance the CAR was already dubious based on its texture as compared to the authentic CAR papers issued by the BIR.
Carolino told Doria that she was criminally liable of falsification of public document by possessing a fake CAR.
He said a horrified but seemingly innocent Doria told him how the CAR came to her possession.
“She (Doria) felt bad because she has to pay another P280 thousand plus surcharges of 25 percent and penalties as the allowance to pay the legitimate CAR has prescribed last August 2011”.
He said that when he asked Revenue District-5 chief Quirino Ramos, Revenue Officer JonalynAbrantes,Group Supervisor Enriquita M. Gonzalo to verify if they own the specimen of the signature at the CAR “they said somebody faked their signatures,” Carolino said.
After that Carolino and the CIDG mapped up how to collar the culprit at the RD office in Lingayen.
“I thought the first entrapment operation was “nasunog(burned)” (Police term for being compromised) after the overzealous ABS/CBN crew parked their marked van in front of the RD office,” Carolino, who was assigned at the feared BIR’s Anti-Fraud Department in Manila before being assigned here as the No.2 man of RD-5, said.
He said Cacapit did not show up on that day to give the bogus CAR.
Cacapit, a mere administrative clerk, nevertheless, contacted the poseur client to get the CAR at 9 am the following day.
“On that day she contacted the disguised seller that instead of 9 Am, he would come to her at noon of that day at her table,” he said.
Carolino said that after the clerk gave the CAR to the seller he and the BIR officials checked the signatures immediately inside the RD office.

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  • 1. Diogenes Osabel  |  October 25, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Dear Mr. Ortigoza,

    Congratulations for your good write-up on the expose of the fake CAR at the RD of Lingayen. (I did a little “editing” to make it more readable, as I intend to circulate your article to our concerned government officials.)

    I have taken some personal interest — because Mrs. Carla Cacapit happens to be my wife’s first cousin.

    BTW – The three so-called imposing houses at No. 36 Maramba Blvd. are old structures in an ancestral compound of the Navatas — one of the houses was owned by Ms. Cacapit’s parents who have since passed away.

    I hope this matter of fake CARs is pursued by the Department of Finance and the BIR, the DOJ/NBI and the LRA.

    The case of Mrs. Cacapit is not an isolated one.

    Talamak na nga seguro ang anomalya ng fake CARs. I have asked around, and I am told that there are two types of fraudulent CARs — (1) the outright fake with forged signatures on dubious paper and (2) the genuine but “recycled” CARs — already used but reused for another transaction.

    Carolino himself believes that based on the serial numbers and the years indicated on the fake CARs, this shenanigan must have been running for years. It is hard to believe that this racket could persist without the knowledge and collusion of corrupt officials at the BIR and the RD.

    Let’s hope Mrs. Cacapit will reveal the truth. Yes, she is a mere clerk and a small fry. We must catch the real big fish — unmask the mastermind, dismantle the syndicates.

    Paano ba tayo umabot sa ganito? Anong ibang pamemeke pa kaya ang nangyayari sa ating gobyerno? Paano natin ito maiwawasto?

    The processes at BIR and the Register of Deeds that appear to be — imagined or real — so complicated, mysterious, cumbersome, difficult, time-consuming and costly compel many landowners, businessmen and even ordinary citizens to shell out extra “facilitation fees” for the services of fixers and facilitators. The bigger the transactions, the bigger the fees — tinatrato na lang na “goodwill” o “SOP” para lumubag ang loob ng mga nagbibigay.

    Ayaw natin ito at alam natin na maraming mamamayan ang nais magbayad ng tamang buwis. Kaya lang, dala ng mabagal, mahirap at maaksaya sa oras at maperhuwisyong proseso, madalas na iasa ng marami ang pagbabayad sa mga “fixers” at “facilitators.”

    The BIR should install modern, open and transparent, “citizen friendly” systems and processes that will make fixers and facilitators costly, risky, superfluous and unnecessary. In this age of phone-, electronic- and internet business and banking, it appears that the protectors of the syndicates and racketeers at the BIR still dictate and determine the rules. Bakit naman nila gagawing simple at madali para sa mga mamamayan, e di mawawalan sila ng raket?

    Now, truly, it is also easy to eliminate the need to physically validate records and documents related to CAR and other financial and official matters: all that is needed is for the information systems of the RD and the BIR to be linked. Any fresh UP graduate in computer science and information systems and experienced young techies from humble schools could do the job.

    Pero bakit kaya di pa nangyayari ito? We have already spent billions of taxpayers’ money for computerization projects of the BIR and the LRA/RDs? Can the BIR Commissioner and LRA Administrator please post their respective computerization project accomplishment reports on their websites, and impress us?

    Sana mapansin ito ng ating Pangulong Aquino, o kaya nina DBM Secretary Butch Abad, DOF Secretary Cesar Purisima, at DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima.

    At sana, brod, dumami pa ang mga kagaya mong crusading journalists na hindi hihinto sa paghuhukay at pagbubulatlat ng buong katotohanan — para sa pagbabago, para sa Diyos at Bayan.

    Ingat lang lagi … God bless!

    — Diogenes Osabel

  • 2. Grace Viray  |  January 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    thank u.. for this info,omg kaya pala until now hndi pa rin tapos ung landtitle na pinapagawa ng lola ko…almost 3years na po hndi prn gawa pero bayad na po, talamak na pala tlga ito i hope mahuli po kung sino itong mga gumagawa ng kalokohan…pls help us po…


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