Ex-military exec, wife deny tax evasion raps

FORMER Armed Forces comptroller Carlos Garcia submitted Thursday his counter-affidavit before the Department of Justice (DOJ) refuting that he and his wife Clarita willfully evaded the payment of taxes amounting to P235 million in 2004.

During the preliminary investigation conducted by State Prosecutor Zelica Longcob, the Garcias, through lawyer Constantino de Jesus, asked the panel to dismiss the charges filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on the ground that there is no probable cause against the respondents.

Longcob said the panel will study the defense’s argument that the BIR complaint involved “prejudicial questions” since these cover issues that are still being tackled by the Sandiganbayan, which is handling the P303-million plunder complaint against them.

The anti-graft court, however, freed Garcia on a P60,000 bail after he entered into a plea bargaining agreement with the Office of the Ombudsman. (more)