ORTIGOZA: Block Time War

April 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm 1 comment


Board Member Ranjit R. Shahani was flabbergasted when I told him that his favorite punch line media man Atong Remogat had been enlisted by his estranged cousin gubernatorial bet Hernani Braganza to be his toast master in his sorties in the province.

In a telephone call to Atong, a “ballistic” Ranjit berated him: “I thought (Board Member) Dong Perez was stu____ in taking you as part of his core group, but I could not imagine that Nani was so stu___ in taking you as his emcee!”

My disclosure about Atong and that “livid” call were made last Monday (April 15) over bottles of San Miguel Lights with some media men.

If I tell Ranjit about my new discovery on Atong baby , he probably will succumb to cardiac arrest that would not be good in Pangasinan’s politics after Mangaldan Mayor Hermie Romero and Lingayen Mayor Jonas Castaneda have been taken recently by their Creator through heart attack.

Last April 17 in a press conference called by Dagupan City Mayor Benjie S. Lim at the cozy Fortune (HongKong) Seafood Restaurant in the city to open the Bangus Festival, media men told me that my friend Atong baby has been given by Nani a daily except Saturday and Sunday 30-minute block time at the eightin the morning prime time commentary program at Bombo Radyo.

I nearly fell from my chair, but Bombo Radyo Manager Jovy Galang miraculously, with a Floyd Mayweather reflexes, caught the tilting chair that prevented me from having a broken neck or broken head that day.

He confirmed what I heard. That the patron of Atong has just signed the proverbial dotted lines with the No. 1 radio station to consummate his hard- hitting program on April 22.

“Hindi na magiging No. 1 iyan with Atong at the helm of the prime time,” DWPR’s prime time commentators Tito Tamayo and Joey Ballesteros bantered.

They told me re-electionist Governor Amado Espino has brought too an hour block time at Bombo after Atong and Dennis Mojares’ Program.

“The T-3 would have enough time to rebut every issue raises by Atong,” Tito told me.

“Who are the T-3s, the Tulfo brothers?” I innocently asked.

“No, they are Tito Tamayo, Inciong Tamayo and his brother Ramil Tamayo,” Joey told me.
“I-dedemolish ka daw nila,” I told Atong when he and his “new love” media forays partner Ronel de Vera visited me in my house last Friday.

“Paano nila ako i-dedomolish eh emcee pa rin ang papel ko sa Bombo? Paano nila ide-demolish si Bugallon Mayor Ric Orduna na guest ko sa Lunes, at si (former governor) Victor (Agbayani) guest ko sa Martes,” Atong , with all the patent confidence and his distinctive hubris, told me.

With Atong shooting his stars in this mid-term election, Joey and Tito would have their heart attack after Nani’s gubernatorial victory he would appoint Atong in lieu of Provincial Administrator Raffy Baraan.

I told them not to ridicule the prowess of Atong. In case Atong becomes Nani’s administrator I will see to it that Atong locks the door of his office so media men like them could not enter to avail the free coffee there.

“Atong Remogat: Ang Raffy Baraan na may power and sex appeal ni Attorney Boy Solis (Agbayani’s provincial administrator),” accidental media man Romeo Bongato, uninvited to the Fortune event, hailed Atong.
Oh by the way, you probably asked what I was doing at the ancestral home of former President Fidel V. Ramos in Asingan, Pangasinan on that day I met former Congressman Shahani.

FVR has asked Ranjit to hand to me personally his newly published book “Nation Building is Never Ending.” With a couple of books the former president has given me, the latest one was significant. Why? Son of a gun, Mortz baby’s article “A Funny Incident with FVR” can be found there. It was about the president “chiding” Benguet Governor Nestor B. Fongwan after he gnawed beyond his five minutes allocation at the expense of the other VIPs to speak at the unveiling of the market dedicated to FVR at San Roque Power Corporation in San Manuel, Pangasinan.

My article starts on Page 241 of that book. It was juxtaposed with the articles of former National Security Adviser Joe Almonte and BizNews Asia publisher and writer Tony Lopez.
Why actress and presidential sister Kris Aquino tops the Top 500 taxpayers in 2011 in the Philippines?
Why not taipans Henry Sy (No.15 top taxpayer who paid P16,582,952.00 of Income Tax Return) who controls the mammoth SM Prime Holding? Why not John Gokongwei, Jr. (No rank in the Top 500) who owns JG Summit Holdings?

Were the duo just like other Taipans who were below Kris cheated the government how much their real income? May answer is “no”!

The salaries and perks of Sy and Gokongwei as control share holders of their conglomerates have been separated with their ITR. That’s why aside from the Top 500 individual taxpayers, the BIR has also the top 500 corporate taxpayers.

In Corporation Law, corporation is called as juridical person. They have been given by law a distinct personality.For example SM Global Power Holdings, Corp. and subsidiaries has been ranked No.13 in 2011 as Top 500 corporation in the country.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares explained recently why the Taipans have been eclipsed by Kris: “She earns millions of pesos from her commercial product endorsements and TV shows may be earning more than a mall tycoon whose assets are in the form of shares of stock. (Dividends from stocks are subject to a 20-percent final withholding tax and not subject to further levies.)

In the same vein, most of the country’s richest like those on the Forbes list are business owners whose stock holdings are subject to taxes on dividends instead of income taxes”.

As a BIR news bug for a while, I know that a certain amount of the fixed income like workers in the private and public sectors have a portion of their salaries withheld monthly by their employers.
The monies withheld are remitted to the BIR.

I know too how these fixed income feel about bigger income earners like doctors, lawyers, and businessmen cheating a big portion of their tax intended for the government.
For example: How can the BIR know that a doctor or lawyer has been paid by their client with a staggering P100 thousand as professional fee when there was no BIR who could monitor this deal that has been consummated only between the professional and the client?

How the taxman knows that after a big time fish pen owner in Pangasinan declared his income from a hectare of fish pen he was not disclosing the hundreds of thousands of pesos intended to the government from the nine hectares he hide from the BIR?

“This has been a perennial problem since time immemorial, how could the government neutralize this anomalous practice?” I posed recently to Regional Director Arnel Guballa who was with national and local BIR officials in Calasiao for a press conference. He said the government is building a mechanism to arrest these loopholes.

Another question I posed to lawyer Vic Villagas of the Special Investigation Division, was about the progress of the case filed by BIR Commissioner Kim Henares against lawyers Cecilia Munar, former head of Registry of Deeds in Dagupan City, and Melvin Castro, former deputy head of RD in Lingayen.

Munar has been allegedly involved in a conspiracy with real property seller Humberto Solis and buyer Elma de la Cruz Versoza. The government was deprived of P15. 49 million in revenues inclusive of surcharges and interests on this allegedly illegal transaction, while Castro was involved couple years ago with the 12 heirs of Vinluan in Labrador, Pangasinan. It stemmed when the latter 358,966 square meters of lands were sold to buyer former mayor Ernesto Acain of Labrador despite the absence of the requisites for transfer.

Castro’s involvement started when he wrote at the Day Book of the RD -Lingayen a statement that was used by the provincial assessor office under Nestor Quimbao to issue new tax declarations in the name of the buyer.

The alleged illegal acts of Castro and the heirs have deprived the government of P9.26 million taxes.
“These cases have ensued couples of years ago already. Is there a probable cause from the prosecutor or a warrant of arrest from the Sandigandbayan?” I asked.

Villegas of the Special Investigation Division answered the following :” We submitted them to the legal service of BIR central office and it was submitted also on the DOJ (Department of Justice) for preliminary investigation. Up to now, it is still awaiting resolution from the state prosecutor and the Department of Justice”.

The adage” The wheel of justice in the Philippines grinds slow but exceedingly small” has been apt on this dilemma. Am I correct Attorney Guballa?

(You can read my selected columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com).

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. riclopez123  |  May 6, 2013 at 8:24 am

    any update on the alleged SM Dagupan groundbreaking on end of june or july 2013?


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