Heeding the admonition of the Senate of the Philippines to pursue charges against him for his complicity in the AFP corruption scandal, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) today filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) a complaint against Retired Lt. General Jacinto C. Ligot and Erlinda Yambao-Ligot (Spouses Ligot) for eight (8) counts of willful attempt to evade or defeat tax and five (5) counts for willful failure to file their Income Tax Return (ITR) covering taxable years 2001 to 2004.
The BIR Investigated the Spouses Ligot for probable tax evasion cases, taking its cue from the publicized documents and information from the Senate public hearings on the multi-million AFP corruption drama.
Investigation showed that Spouses Ligot failed to file their ITRs for taxable year 2001 for Gen. Ligot and for taxable years 2001 to 2004 for Spouse Erlinda. The couple likewise failed to declare with the BIR income amounting to P41,854,181.57 in 2001, P103,601,281.22 in 2002, P165,367,784.39 in 2003, and P148,955,700.14 in 2004which they used to acquire several properties and make several bank deposits and investments.
Details of the case revealed that from 2001 to 2004 while he was still in active military service, Retired General Ligot made several deposits and investments of substantial amounts, including two (2) deposits of $1,288,418.91 and $1,582,488.52 with Citibank. He also purchased several properties that included parcels of land in Malaybalay, and Rizal provinces, a Paseo Parkview Tower II condominium unit at Salcedo Village in Makati, and a Toyota Hilux.
In the same period, “housewife” Erlinda likewise made several deposits and investments of substantial amounts, including a deposit of $200,000.00 with Citibank. She also purchased several properties that included a Paseo Parkview Tower II condominium unit at Salcedo Village in Makati, a $322,181.00 real property at No. 1240 Cabernet Circle, Anaheim, California, and a $599,500.00 house and lot at 7102 Stanton Avenue, Buenas Park, California.
The Ligots owed the Government a combined deficiency income tax for taxable years 2001 to 2004 amounting to P428,077,547.54, broken down as follows: P290,241,919.79 – Gen. Ligot; and P137,835,627.75 – Spouse Erlinda.