BIR employee summoned by CHR official

A Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) employee have been summoned by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) after a certain Melchor Flores, former kagawad of Barangay Batinguel in Dumaguete City, complained regarding his following receipt.

Employees working for the government are being reminded by the CHR regarding the pledge and commitment to facilitate frontline service including the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 and the anti-fixing law.

A complaint was processed a year ago to the CHR field investigator Jesus Cañete regarding a following receipt from a BIR employee, who was later on identified as Remedios Catan. The CHR field investigator has given Remedios Catan a time of two months to fix the said concerns of Menchor Flores. The heat turned up as Cañete said his request may have fallen in ‘deaf ears’ causing her to answer the accusation within this week.

Unreleased Official Receipt

For more than 10 years, Menchor Flores entrusted the BIR employee Remedios Catan to process his papers for a lot he bought back in 2006. He paid a total amount of Php 10, 000 (ten thousand pesos) – Php 5, 000 for the processing and another Php 5, 000 for the publication.

According to CHR field investigator Cañete, the employee from BIR took charge in processing Melchor Flores’ papers after he went to the old location of the BIR Office (fronting the Capitol area). Since they were neigbors in Batinguel, Melchor Flores trusted the Catan to process his papers. He apparently paid the amount of Php 5, 000 with no official receipt for the processing and another Php 5, 000 for the said publication.

Field Investigator Cañete said that the transaction and processing of Melcor Flores could have been done in two days yet was dragged for long years. Cañete has to meet with the BIR employee to settle the case after answering the said accusation.

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