- The BIR Commissioner has urged the public to help him fight corruption in the agency
- He said he will observe and get rid of BIR personnel who are corrupt
- He said the bureau loses billions of pesos due to corruption
As part of his efforts to rule out corruption in the agency, Caesar Dulay, Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), has requested the public to discontinue the practice of bribing tax collectors.
It can be noted that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has tagged the BIR as one of the most corrupt bureaus in the country. The BIR is considered to be the government's chief revenue collection agency.
"Please do not corrupt us. Corruption is two ways," Dulay said in his interview with ANC's Nancy Irlanda.
This plea is in consonance with what his colleague, Arthur Tugade, Department of Transportation Secretay, also called out earlier.
According to Dulay, he would instill “discipline” within the bureau as part of his efforts in fighting corruption in the BIR. He further revealed that he would be consistent with the leadership style showed by President Duterte.
"What I want to see is that if I raise more, the money we’ll get will go downstream to the people, to the poor," he said.
He said that he would be observing how the BIR staff and personnel behave. He would note of their character so that he would be able to identify and weed out the corrupt ones.
“The bad eggs know who they are, and I think they should be expecting some action from me, the commissioner, along the lines of what the president said," Dulay said.
The commissioner further disclosed that the bureau loses up to P5 billion to corruption, which represents up to three percent of total collections. This is because most of the agents allow other people to under declare their liabilities.
Dulay said that this already has a huge impact in monetary terms as it already reaches billions of pesos. He said that around 10-20 percent of said transactions goes to the government while the 80-90 percent goes to the pockets.
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